Aphorisms on Modesty, Fashion, Libertarianism, Life, Criticism, Psychoanalysis, and Education

Aphorisms on Modesty, Fashion, Libertarianism, Life, Criticism, Psychoanalysis, and Education

Dr. Joseph Suglia

When you were modest, almost everyone liked you.  Now that you are immodest, fewer people like you, but those who like you are of higher quality.

The same logic could be applied to the sophistication of one’s writing.

Fashion is a way of controlling how other people see you.

Libertarianism is conservatism that is ashamed of saying its own name.

The point of life is to amass pleasure points.

Criticism is the stratosphere of the mind.

The whole enterprise of psychoanalysis is to turn aliens into pets.

Those who can’t teach, do.

Dr. Joseph Suglia

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4 thoughts on “Aphorisms on Modesty, Fashion, Libertarianism, Life, Criticism, Psychoanalysis, and Education

  1. Some observations:

    “When you were modest, almost everyone liked you. Now that you are immodest, fewer people like you, but those who like you are of higher quality. – An important observation. Some don’t like feeling left behind. And if you were falsely modest, would that mean you were a hypocrite?

    “The same logic could be applied to the sophistication of one’s writing. – Absolutely, but the goal is still communication. Writing for the top one percent means accepting a smaller market.

    “Fashion is a way of controlling how other people see you.” – True. Do you care about fashion or do you have better things to think about? Remember the fellow who asked Einstein if he was having a bad hair day?

    “Libertarianism is conservatism that is ashamed of saying its own name.” – Half true. Conservatism is the broader inclusive term. Libertarians are generally conservatives, but they don’t give themselves the right—or anyone else the right—to compel other’s thoughts or behavior, e.g., they may advise you to live and think as an individual, but they won’t pass a law requiring it.

    “The point of life is to amass pleasure points.” – Half true. The other half is pain avoidance.

    “Criticism is the stratosphere of the mind.” – Excellent point. Criticism (like judgment) isn’t always about condemnation or damnation. The ability to hear constructive criticism is perhaps the quickest path to improvement.

    “The whole enterprise of psychoanalysis is to turn aliens into pets.” – True (especially for a writer of SF). And spiders are really just fuzzy little guys with extra eyes and legs trying to live their own lives.

    “Those who can’t teach, do.” – Non-sequitur. Teaching is its own calling … although some doers do enjoy teaching others their craft.

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