Axioms to Live By

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“Between the plausible and the true is chasm God alone can cross.” Hakim

“When it comes to being a saint, God and His story remain on our side; man and history oppose us.” Hakim

“Reflection produces virtuous action or a curse of paralysis and indifference.” Hakim

“While it has always been impossible for mankind in all of of our striving to become God, God did what was possible for Him by becoming a man and striving toward the cross to redeem us. The irony is telling; while Adam and Eve were heeding Satan’s advice – God was implementing a plan to join the human race. We could not meet Him in the heavens, so He came to meet us on earth.” Hakim

“And the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” Thomas Hobbes

“No man is allowed to be a judge in his own cause, because his interest would certainly bias his judgment  and, not improbably, corrupt his integrity. With equal, nay with greater reason, a body of men are unfit to be both judges and parties at the same time.”  James Madison

“There is a tide in the affairs of men. Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life. Is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat; And we must take the current when it serves,  Or lose our ventures.” ~Julius Caesar, Act IV, Scene 3

“Advice uninvited is advice unheeded.” — Musings of a Dying Man

“The world is a hospital filled with terminal patients. Mortality is the diagnosis. Resurrection is the only cure.” Hakim 

“In a time of universal deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”— George Orwell

“There is no time like the moment- for it is all you are guaranteed.” Hakim 

“If it doesn’t cost anything, it doesn’t mean anything.” Musings of a Dying Man.

“Anyone who expects to do anything significant without creating enemies or controversy, is unrealistic at best, and at worst — delusional. Every major decision is a plunge into unfamiliar waters. Own it, and don’t complain about the sharks or getting wet.” Hakim

“Two lifelong observations:

There are builders. I define them as strong people who build significant relationships, movements, and a number of good things.

There are saboteurs — individuals fueled by envy and pettiness, who spend  a great deal of energy and time employing accusations and sabotage against builders.

The challenge of leadership is to correctly assess both and deal with them accordingly and decisively. Partner with builders and shun saboteurs.” Hakim

“Truth, by its very nature, is invasive.” Hakim

“The Bible is not a self-help book; it is a self-surrender book.” Hakim

“Bear fruit or bear the consequences.” Hakim

“As moving water shapes its surface, so influence shapes a mind.” Hakim

“I discovered a simple ignot to evaluate my existence…

When you burn away all the chaff of life, those things that distract form Christ and his purpose, you end up with the golden essence of your life’s labors. An ingot that represents all the true value of your existence. This treasure will one day be placed at the feet of the Almighty. It will be weighed and measured. In light of this, I ask myself a simple question: “Did my life matter.

The answer changes everything.” Dan (Musings of a Dying)

“As truth is to alertness, deceit is to slumber.” Hakim