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 +===== An Eschatological Laundry List =====
 +**//"​If you Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him"//​**,​ Sheldon Kopp
 +  - This is it.
 +  - There are no hidden meanings.
 +  - You can't get there from here, and besides there is no place to go.
 +  - We are already dying, and we'll be dead a long time.
 +  - Nothing lasts!
 +  - There is no way of getting all you want.
 +  - You can't have anything unless you let go of it.
 +  - You only get to keep what you give away.
 +  - There is no particular reason why you lost out on some things.
 +  - The world is not necessarily just. Being good often does not pay off and there'​s no compensation for misfortune.
 +  - You have the responsibility to do your best nonetheless.
 +  - It's a random universe to which we bring meaning.
 +  - You really don't control anything.
 +  - You can't make anyone love you.
 +  - No one is any stronger or any weaker than anyone else.
 +  - Everyone is, in his own way, vulnerable.
 +  - There are no great men.
 +  - If you have a hero, look again; you have diminished yourself in some way.
 +  - Everyone lies, cheats, pretends. (yes, you too, and most certainly myself.)
 +  - All evil is potentially vitality in need of transformation.
 +  - All of you is worth something if you will only own it.
 +  - Progress is an illusion.
 +  - Evil can be displaced but never eradicated, as all solutions breed new problems.
 +  - Yet it is necessary to keep struggling toward solution.
 +  - Childhood is a nightmare.
 +  - But it is so very hard to be an on-your-own,​ take-care-of-yourself-cause-there-is-no-one-else-to-do-it-for-you grown-up.
 +  - Each of us is ultimately alone.
 +  - The most important things each man must do for himself.
 +  - Love is not enough, but it sure helps.
 +  - We have only ourselves, and one another. That may not be much, but that's all there is.
 +  - How strange, that so often, it all seems worth it.
 +  - We must live within the ambiguity of partial freedom, partial power, and partial knowledge.
 +  - All important decisions must be made on the basis of insufficient data.
 +  - Yet we are responsible for everything we do.
 +  - No excuses will be accepted.
 +  - You can run, but you can't hide.
 +  - It is most important to run out of scapegoats.
 +  - We must learn the power of living with our helplessness.
 +  - The only victory lies is in surrender to oneself.
 +  - All of the significant battles are waged within the self.
 +  - You are free to do whatever you like. You need only face the consequences.
 +  - What do you know for sure...anyway?​
 +  - Learn to forgive yourself, again and again and again and again.
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