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.”