rights of man

Most of our judgments and opinions are negative ones. The way of the world, according to us, is essentially disappointing in nature. It has, by and large, failed to live up to our expectations.

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unpalatable truths

Despite the best will in the world, we are always liable to undermine the principles of any decision for selfish ends or fearful reasons, and with a solid justification for doing so readily prepared.

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hope is pointless

Hope will not change that which is or will be, and much of the reasoning we might use to justify having it is flawed. To hope is to express a preference that, all other things being considered, one thing rather than another might occur, and that the power of our positive thinking may in some way affect the outcome.

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I do not consider my views or my perspective to be narrow or myopic, nor my goals and opinions to be essentially self-interested or ungenerous. But of course they are, for I make the fundamental mistake of confusing what is my own personal view of the world with the nature of the world as it actually is.

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the brave and honest child

Being honest with ourselves becomes especially difficult when we subscribe to a personal philosophy that is shrouded in pretty and inspirational phrases, poetic images, empty gestures and banal ritual. These things do nothing to justify our sometimes unworthy actions or our dishonesty with ourselves and others.

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