A finite world

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If to enjoy even an enjoyable present we must have the assurance of a happy future, we are “crying for the moon.” We have no such assurance. The best predictions are still matters of probability rather than certainty, and to the best of our knowledge every one of us is going to suffer and die. If, then, we cannot live happily without an assured future, we are certainly not adapted to living in a finite world where, despite the best plans, accidents will happen, and where death comes at the end.

Alan Watts, The Wisdom of Insecurity

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  1. This is so startlingly true Karl! I love the blunt way it is put because we tend, as human beings with all our fears etc, to skirt round this. I actually love this one and will keep it with my favourites.

    I had an extremely bad fall a week ago and I’m still in a great deal of pain. It’s going to take time. Unfortunately falling is part of the package with MS but this one has been particularly bad. I was very frightened. But I must be made of strong stuff and when I recover Im certain I will be mentally and emotionally stronger than ever.

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