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  • It is true that everything happens for a reason, but it isn’t necessarily true that everything happens for a purpose.

  • Beliefs, especially those that are held with deep convictions, are comforting no matter how groundless they may be; comfort is the appeal of beliefs, and the discomfort that springs from doubting is the reason so few doubt.

  • Obstacles in life shouldn’t be looked at as defeats, but only wrong turns in a very long maze.

  • It is wise to not love those that believe that you could become a perfect mate only with their help.

  • Why is it that the threads on pipes seem to change in the short period between when they are separated and attempted to be rejoined?

  • Opinions that have long been held and are widely held yet today is the number one reason for their being questioned, that is unless you are satisfied completely with what we are today.

  • One of the reasons that there are no meaningful answers to so many of our questions is because meaningless questions have no meaningful answers.

  • It isn’t courage when one merely acts in such a way that danger is overlooked because something is more important than the danger incurred. Were this not true, we’d regard another as courageous merely for driving a car as the danger is less important than the errand. What we call courageous is when one acts in the presence of great danger when we perceive that there is little personal importance in one’s doing so. As we are not privy to the workings of another’s mind, it is more rational to assume that there is an importance to that individual’s act that is greater than the perceived danger incurred. Courage, as such may not have the high esteem that we prefer, even though this is likely to be more objectively accurate.

  • Romantic love is friendship running on hormones.

  • It is true that time tends to change everything, but if you want some predictability in that change, it is wise to intervene on time.

  • Those that feel slighted by life because so many of their dreams were never fulfilled, should reflect on the much larger number of fears that came and went without harming.


  • One should always be aware of what authorities indicate that you should do. Authorities are regarded as authorities because they are experts in the general cases that they understand, but they are not and never will be authorities in the specific cases that they encounter. Probably, we will find that we fall under the general cases most often, and if that seems correct to the individual, then the instructions provided by that authority can be helpful; one should always suspect those instructions that seem not to apply to the specific-- you. When this is true, most times it works more to one’s benefit to reject the authority and follow one’s own course.

  • Nowhere is this truer than when we get further away from science such as we do in religion and politics. Here, authorities are much more often incorrect, as there really are no authorities in the objective sense, but only authorities on their own opinions. Even when we deal in areas that have a verifiable existence, authorities are incorrect much more often than most suspect when they take the giant leap and apply the general to the specific.

  • The longer ago that we refer to an authority, the less likely that that authority is relevant to the individual of today, and even less likely to be relevant to the individual of the future, even when we are dealing with pure science. In areas where there are large disagreements between those that hold themselves up as authorities, the greater the likelihood that authorities are only authorities on their own opinions, such as mentioned earlier regarding religion and politics. Even within certain fields that seem objective or scientific, such as economics and psychology, the objectivity and science are so weak in regards to what is unknown and perhaps even unknowable, that one’s personal opinions may be more accurate than those in the fields that claim authority.

  • In general, authorities are often most suited for those that want a proxy for a parent than those that want to find their most optimal path through life.


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