On the Considerable Value of the Aphorism

The aphorism allows one to inhabit briefly a place characterized not by grotesque and vulgar ambition — nor the abuse of those who suffer from it — but by more palatable qualities: what one might call a divine insouciance, what one might call a wild humility. It allows one to fraternize with those who have not only accepted, but warmly embraced, defeat.

On Business School as Oxymoron

The English word school derives from the Greek scholē, meaning “leisure.”

The Latin negotium, meanwhile — a compound of nec (“not”) and ōtium (“leisure”) — was the Roman word for “business.”

Without much in way of etymological gymnastics, then, one finds that business school translates roughly to “not-leisure leisure.”

As to the effect this observation might have on the world, “minimal” is the most likely answer.

I would like to be remembered as one at ease with his futility.

Regarding the Notes You Don’t Play, Their Benefit Sometimes

Asked offhandedly by an acquaintance what is my preferred mode of transportation, I answered that it’s walking. But only to a specific destination, I neglected to add. And preferably along a route lined with storefronts and other distractions. And with certain obvious stipulations about the weather.

That I failed to mention these several last caveats necessarily means that my response lacked precision. The other more positive result, however, is that I succeeded in not rendering myself a tremendous and inexhaustible burden.

On Maturity, The Most Distinct Sign of It

It’s not uncommon to say of a young person who’s particularly cordial or dispassionate — that is, because he exhibits qualities which typically intensify with age — it’s not uncommon to say that he shows signs of “maturity.”

One finds, by this logic, a singular means by which to demonstrate a level of maturity unrivaled by even the most elderly among us — that is, to become a corpse.