From a certain standpoint, nothing is as vulnerable and fragile as a human being. Nor, perhaps, is there anything potentially as base or cruel. On the other hand, there is no limit to how strong or noble a person can become through cultivating the heart. One’s spirit has no color, shape or dimension, but given the proper conditioning it can expand boundlessly.
They fail to live because they are always preparing to live.
I’ve been thinking way too much about the meaning/purpose of life, for both an individual human, and also all of mankind/life on Earth. For, I know that in a few billion years, the Sun will die out and live on Earth will cease to exist. Even if there’s life on other planets, in a few billion…
You will receive everything you need when you stop asking for what you don’t need.
Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant.