​The Devil’s Dictionary – Part 2

Ambrose Bierce’s aforesaid work is eternally relevant in nature. He was a sage in the making, judging from his expedient means to hint at the spiritual sleep that humans continue to revel in. The review of the work I published here last week received much acclaim to those who know his works and also to those who, despite the fact that they were hearing about him for the first time, were able to recognize something of transcendence in his words and expositions.
It is with this regards that I will maintain this title and will keep running some of his definitions from time to time, especially those that consist of healthy humor and the ability to spark curiosity in men and women of deep discernment.

1. Overwork, n. A dangerous disorder affecting high public functionaries who want to go fishing.

2. Outdo, v. To make an enemy.

3. Outcome, n. A particular type of disappointment. By the kind of intelligence that sees in an exception a proof of the rule the wisdom of an act is judged by the outcome, the result. This is immortal nonsense; the wisdom of an act is to be judged by the light that the doer had when he performed it.

4. Orthodox, n. An ox wearing the popular religious yoke.

5. Optimist, n. A proponent of the doctrine that black is white. 

A pessimist applied to God for relief. “Ah, you wish me to restore your hope and cheerfulness,” said God. 

“No,” replied the petitioner, “I wish you to create something that would justify them.”

“The world is all created,” said God, “but you have overlooked something—the mortality of the optimist.”

19 thoughts on “​The Devil’s Dictionary – Part 2

  1. These are great selections and outcome is my favorite among them. I love the way in which Bierce embraced the essence of words in his satirical and cynical ways. I guess when you have witnessed and experienced the horrors and human brutality of war, survived the suicide of one of your children and experienced divorce, cynicism can creep in and satire becomes a coping mechanism.

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  2. Not exactly. Persons like Bierce and Henry Louis Mencken are rare characters that fall under a very elevated path to the ultimate Nirvana. I can explain this further if you have a clue what bodhisattva path is all about?

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  3. I am familiar with the bodhisattva path but also think that our personal experiences shape our neuro-connections while our souls continue on a path towards enlightenment. Bierce was an agnostic though one can argue that his disappearance (around the time of his joining a Mexican rebel group in 1914) may have been to help those suffering.

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  4. You are most welcome. My words are but a reflection of yours and the ensuing discussion. I am happy you garnered something from my humble scribbles. I find that after reading your work and sharing subsequent words with you, that I, too, learn things. Thank you!

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  5. This is the paradox of the life that everyone are so busy living. Mimicry should be relegated to parrots alone, and to the humans who just can’t think for themselves. This mimicry is the barrier toward genuine self Realization.

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  6. Ah, fine. Its a very intriguing piece of work that tries to elucidate on the subtleties of human ignorance through all ranks, from the king to the citizen, from the pundit to the ‘absent’ believer and so on.


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