A compass that points toward a universal truth
I enjoyed this piece and your library of aphorisms. This one has been on my mind for several days: God is the self idealized, and I am God unrealized.
The family relations between aphorisms and maxims :D Learnt so much from this one!
This is top-class writing, Garrett. Loved how this turned out!
Especially: "In the same way a novelist compresses their lessons into characters, non-fiction writers compress their ideas into aphorisms, like a naturalist painter communicating the majesty of Yosemite through a four-foot by three-foot frame. The painting won't take you there, but it dares you to go."
You're really talented man -- hard to break down something so complex, so simply.