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We need to find security and peace of mind in a world whose very nature is insecurity, impermanence, and unceasing changes.

Many human beings appear to be happy only when they have a future that they can look forward to, either tomorrow or eternity.  Could they be trying to drown out the realization that perhaps all is futile and meaningless?

One of the greatest favors bestowed on the soul transiently in this life is to enable it to see so distinctly and to feel so profoundly that it cannot comprehend God at all.    St. John of the Cross

The desire for security and feeling of insecurity may be the same thing.

Insecurity is the result of trying to be secure.   Allan Watts

The principal thing is to understand that there is no safety or security.

The notion of security is based on the feeling that there is something within us that is permanent, something that endures forever.

The highest to which man can attain is wonder: and if the prime phenomenon makes him wonder, let him be content; nothing higher can it give him, and nothing further should he seek for behind it; here is the limit.  Goethe

Life must be accepting and embrace insecurity, so as to not miss the realities and pleasures of the moment.

The most dangerous risk of all:  the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.       Alan Watts

The trouble is, you think you have time.      Buddha

You have two lives.  The second one begins when you realize you only have one.

The tragedy of life is not death, but what we let die inside of us while we live.

Remember happiness is a way to travel, not a destination.

A person who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except thoughts, so he loses touch with reality and lives in a world of illusion.

Don’t fear failure.  Fear being in the exact same place next year as you are today.

Life has no meaning.  Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life.  It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.             Joseph Campbell

If you wait until you find the meaning of life, will there be enough life left to live meaningfully?    The Lubavitcher Rebbe

The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and simple.  And yet, everyone rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.  Alan Watts