Every day I receive countless requests for assistance, and there is
never time to answer all of the worthy people who seek my help. Yes, that
is correct: even Apelord
cannot mold time to his will, and I, like other physical entities on this
plane of existance, must reserve time for especially important tasks. Sadly,
some of the many needy people who require my aid do not receive it. For
this I apologize profusely.
Nevertheless, many of the requests I receive ask not for advice on specific
issues, but rather they inquire as to general principles for living one's
life to the fullest. As I am not a god (see one of the letters
in the Ask Apelord
archives for further clarification), I cannot in good conscience dictate
the rules of living for others. (Perhaps Prangor
would oblige you, if that kind of authoritarian path is what you seek.)
No, the most I can do is offer you the seven proverbs that rule my life.
I do not encourage you to adhere to my philosophy, but you are free to
extract any wisdom that these proverbs offer. Please note also that Apelord,
as an alien, a psychic, and an astrologer, is not necessarily representative
of the possible results of a human following the rules.
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Live every day as if it were the day after tomorrow
If you worry overmuch about the future, it will always
find a way to trouble you. By living as if it is the future, you relegate
the worries of the future to the challenges of today. Or something.
It is harder to unmake an enemy than to unmake
Unless you treat your friends like tile mildew -- Apelord
makes no guarantee that he can fix your screwed-up life.
If you're not part of the solution, you're part
of the precipitate
once saw this as graffiti in a
biochemistry laboratory. It was clearly some sort of sign.
Understanding may rely on standpoint, but be attentive
to occasions when it does not
Suffering can only be understood
by someone who has suffered, but one does not have to explode to understand
There is wisdom in the simplest of things
Except "America's Funniest Home
Videos." That's just sad.
You can only know yourself inasmuch as you know
how other people know you
If you wish to see the wisdom in
this statement, think back to high school and try to remember the kid who
was firmly convinced that he was cool, but he wasn't.
They say that common sense isn't as common as
they say it is
cheerfully admits that this is merely a bad paraphrase of Voltaire, but
prefers the irony of this version.