ORIGINAL APHORISMS OF MIKE RESTIVO

 

1. A person sufficiently ignorant can be simultaneously fearsome and funny.

2. The understanding of an ambiguous saying is the reflection of one's own sentiments.

3. For surely being Christian is more than a mere refuge from being something else?

4. A religion is validated not only by its tenets, but by their effect upon the devotees who should exemplify them.

5. If a religion's adherents be unsuitable exemplars, then the fault rests upon the inadequacy of its teachers, not upon that of its believers.

6. What one speaks, communicates convictions. How one speaks, communicates character.

7. The acceptance of Jesus Christ's Gospel, instead of His goods, distinguishes the saint from the shaman respectively.

8. A good sense of humour indicates a good personality.

9. If curiosity is the beginning of wisdom, then arrogance is the beginning of stupidity.

10. Due to irresistible temptations, one suffers once, in tribulation. Due to avoidable temptations, of which one knew better, one suffers twice. Due to sins, even the existence of which, one obstinately denies, one suffers thrice.

11. One who proffers false charges knowingly, has the Devil for a counsel.

12. The morally strong should also advocate for those righteous whose weak circumstances circumscribe their activity.

13. Rehabilitation of personality cannot occur if the body is made to suffer for the sins of the mind.

14. Mortification of the physical body cannot accrue to one's spiritual righteousness.

15. The observant scrupulously obey the law. The righteous extend themselves beyond mere legal obligations.

16. The lawyer instructs how things must be. The teacher instructs how things now be. The prophet instructs how things should be. The philosopher instructs how things might be.

17. The purpose of a thing is fulfilled in its implementation, not in its study.

18. One's moral depth is revealed during times of crisis.

19. One's moral breadth is revealed by the righteousness displayed in everyday actions.

20. One's righteousness is not demonstrated by passive assent to the consensus, but by active individual witness.

21. Evil is not required to distinguish the good, nor is evil necessary. Evil is the absence of good. Good manifests alone under its own witnesses and actions.

22. A hero is an ordinary person in circumstances requiring extraordinary action.

23. The merit and validation of a teaching is determined by how its least acceptable doctrines are critically received. This is why one must preach any unpopular/unfamiliar subjects initially for scrutiny, not just teachings commonly accepted, amongst which, subtle heresies could be introduced at a later stage of conditioning.

24. Achievement goes to one possessed of sufficient patience, determination and resourcefulness.

25. The coward cannot be exhorted to rise to a higher level than that of his or her aspirations or abilities.

26 The courageous cannot be shamed to descend to a lower level than that of his or her aspirations or abilities.

27. We extend our capabilities when tasked to meet goals beyond our grasp.

28. When judged by minimal criterion, we descend to the nadir of mediocrity.

29. If necessity is the mother of invention, then enlightened self-interest is the father of politics.

30. If misery loves company, than joy loves much more company.

31. If Heaven may be a state of mind, then Hell may be a state of matter.

32. Salvation from perdition does not constitute salvation for the Kingdom of God.

33. The question is not "Whither, Heaven or Hell?", but how to obtain Heaven in escape from the Hell in which we now live.

34. If virtue is its own reward, then sin is its own punishment.

35. Never assume anything.

36. The probability of an emergency arising is inversely proportional to one's ability to cope with it.

37. If one has to write something down, then it's not worth remembering.

38. One's memory should not be burdened by facts obtainable elsewhere.

39. If wisdom is power, then school is boot camp.

40. If foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of a small mind, then wise spontaneity is the signature of a great soul.

41. The whole Bible is simultaneously a history of man's relationship with God and God's revelation of man's destiny. The legalistic exegesis of the former is expanded by the prophetic hermeneutics of the latter.

42. To the imperceptive, no explanation will suffice. To the perceptive, no explanation is necessary.

43. To say less would be unwise. To say more would be injudicious.

44. In oratory, everyone is allowed some latitude, owing to exuberance, without which, debate would suffer either evisceration or ennui.

45. If one becomes sufficiently extreme, one will epitomize one's own enemy.

46. It is better to fail, knowing the reason, then to ignorantly succeed; for the former can be remedied by successive attempts, but the latter may be an unrepeatable accident.

47. Truth is not found in the court of public opinion.

48. One who guesses will probably guess wrongly.

49. One who does not know what one is doing, should stop.

50. Evil requires no reason for its malevolence.

51. The fruit of ignorant labour can only be sweet by accident.

52. One who has nothing to lose is a natural candidate for heroism.

53. The discredit of a religion need not be performed explicitly, but rather by words of solemn intent yet superficial and hypocritical practice.

54. To the Christian, salvation is the apotheosis of liberty, as the spiritual component of one's inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in democracies.

55. The proof of a case is not established via the inadequacies or even absence of its antagonists' arguments, but by its intrinsic merits alone.

56. Smear campaigns work, but they have nothing to do with the apologetics of Truth's advocates, amongst whom, the sleazy have no place.

57. To the wise person, one reprimand suffices, but to the fool, many reprimands are not enough.

58. Truth, like history, is whatever those in power say it is.

59. An employee's career is determined by the tyranny of the retail and equities markets.

60. A religion that is only witnessed in its house of worship, but hidden in public, is a charade or farce and a chimera or fantasy.

61. A religion, over which one is not prepared to forfeit one's life, is not worth confessing.

62. The manufacture of lies is the alternative of the desperate and the tyrannical.

63. In a democracy, the defence of truth is a necessary obligation, otherwise liberty is doomed.

64. Subtleties are beyond the power and perception of the superficial mind.

65. The many volumes of a library avail one nothing when left unopened, but profit one most when studied.

66. Straining gnats is a chore, but straining imaginary gnats is a bore.

67. One who feigns stupidity forfeits the privilege of complaint when rebuffed or corrected.

68. If foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of a small mind, then consistent small mindedness is the harbinger of idiocy.

69. Religion encompasses a greater part of humankind's search for the Transcendent than can be accommodated by metaphysics or epistemology or any bowdlerization of Religion's self-proclaimed sacred literature as a mere literary exercise in moral allegory.

70. An exposition, for its own purposes, of a mere subset of Religion's bases, sans faith, revelation, theology, etc., serves not to display Religion unveiled in pure abstractions, but rather demonstrates that which is sacred, denuded of its raison d'Ítre and deprived of its animus.

71. Christianity is not meant to be merely one of equally meritorious codes of living or a syncretistic fusion of doctrines from diverse religions, nor an eclectic application of selected teachings brushed upon the virgin canvas of the human condition.

72. To expect less would be inadequate. To expect more would be unnecessary.

73. In the transcendence from religion (i.e. sectarianism) to Religion (i.e. Mysticism), is Christianity sublimated or substituted?

74. The transformation of one's "religion" to "Religion", is determined by one's maturation in mind and spirit; not necessarily by the application of supplementary teachings from unauthorized and secondary sources, which, although possessing a veneer of compatibility, may not be entirely so.

75. Refusal to answer charges is no substitute for their refutation; only an evasion of same.

76. Religious authorities, whose will is absolute, are subject to the errors that follow from unaccountability.

77. Hell is not constituted as a place of suffering due to privation, but rather, it is a place of suffering from the inability to be satisfied amidst unlimited bounty.

78. It is not "Many are called, but few are chosen.", but rather, "All are called, but few answer."

79. One lashed by life=s vicissitudes is not easily deceived.

80. Naturalism-Humanism is the canvas upon which Occultism fashions its designs.

81. The New Age Movement is the child of Naturalism-Humanism.

82. The Atheist believes that there is no God, the Agnostic believes that God may exist and the Deist believes that although existing, God is irrelevant.

83. Inside every Agnostic and Deist is an Atheist struggling to get out.

84. Once one sacred institution is deposed, then everything sacred is at risk.

85. A spiritual sign is a singular event which, due to circumstance(s) could be underestimated, misunderstood, or ignored, as to its true significance.

86. Self-mortification at the feet of idiots is useless.

87. The vain and self-deluded study only symbology's alphabet and thereby become wrongly convinced of their ability to converse in the metaphoric language of the Ars Latamorum.

88. Works must be performed rightly from inception to avoid the interminable consequence of explaining why things are wrong.

89. Aphorisms are at once the meats of literary style, upon which compositions can be based, and the condiments of same, by which they are endowed with richesse.

90. Beliefs are not ideologic clothes that are worn and removed for particular occasions.

91. To one who believes in nothing, other beliefs are of acceptably indifferent merit.

92. A sharp eye profits one more than a sharp tongue.

93. In a "take no prisoners engagement" type of debate, one allows the luxury of what may be interpreted as casual response only at the risk of subsequent argument loss or even discredit.

94. One should not succumb to the temptation to ride the low road against one's antagonists, but return words of wisdom and righteousness always, for the greater glory of God and for the edification of others, that one's words and actions may testify to the convictions that direct and support a person through victories and vicissitudes alike.

95. Terms of accountability are determined by the creditor, not the debtor and rules of employment are determined by the master, not the servant. Similarly is one's relationship to God established.

96. The more hasty the judgement, the greater the likelihood of its error.

97. Wisdom is exemplified by the discerning application of either a metaphorical or a literal interpretation of selected Holy Scripture.

98. The prayers of the suffering availeth much, but armed self-defence availeth even more.

99. The obligation of the righteous is to apply their vision (theory/study) to leadership (practice/instruction) for the good of mankind.

100. An attentive ear and discerning mind flow from a charming personality.

101. Wealth, either in media or in mineral form, requires some mining and processing before its value becomes manifest.

102. Paraphrase of quotations is the colloquialism of the cultured.

103. The mind's fitness, like a muscle, is directly proportional to the degree to which it is exercised.

104. Silence and submission are easy virtues to manifest when the weight of the Jackboot rests upon each person's conscience and all persons' consensus.

105. The claims and conclusions of the uninformed or deceptive are of no currency save in the prejudices of their promoters.

106. That one must start at the beginning in no way either exempts or limits further study.

107. An alliance according to the principle "The enemy of my enemy is my friend.", is subject to the caveat that a friendship of convenience is a contradiction in terms.

108. Details furnished or omitted, are respectively the hinges or the liabilities of an argument.

109. A pearl is formed only when the oyster is irritated by dirt; Similarly with the quality of one's character, when exposed to tribulations.

110. Metal is tempered when exposed to almost destructively high temperatures; Similarly is the quality of one's character strengthened amidst almost unsupportable conditions.

111. Wisdom and lust are manifested by pensive or passionate indulgences, respectively.

112. It is easier to equip the saints proactively than to disarm the unfaithful reactively.

113. An entrepreneur's selling price is determined by his or her aspirations and assumptions. The lower, bid price, however, is determined by the market place apprehensions and astuteness of clients.

114. Personal smear of one's antagonist is the lubricant of a desperate debate.

115. Where the rule of reason fails, the ruse of ridicule succeeds.

116. Tyranny is no substitute for Truth.

117. Character assassination is the tool of preference of the despot and the desperate alike.

118. Motivation and perseverance can accomplish what is beyond skill alone.

119. The moral imperative to do what is right and just is not subject to its ease of implementation.

120. Man's mind is the sum of his brain chemistry.

121. The common person’s vision is so limited that it mistakes idealism for misguided romanticism.

122. History records not the insignificant, but the significant.

123. Unsound arguments tend to lose their persuasive power over time.

124. When the audacity of a antagonist’s case is no longer tempered by faith or facts, but by ego, the protagonist will soon be furnished, at no effort, with the refutation of the argument, there by, from the antagonist’s own lips.

125. The performance of acts of invention and heroism alone, quantitatively distinguish between human and other primate behaviour.

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