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Mark Manson

Hope does not even have to enter into the equation. Do not hope for a better life, simply be a better life.

MARK MANSON

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We need three things:

  1. sense of control; means we feel as though we are in control of our own life that we can affect our fate.
  2. A belief in the value of something; means we find something important enough to work toward, something better, thats worth striving for.
  3. Community; means we are a part of group that values the same things we do and is working toward achieving those things.

Lose any of the three, and you lose the other two. Lose any of the three, and you lose hope.

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Nietzsche believed that we must look beyond hope and beyond values. We must evolve into something "beyond good and evil". For him, this morality of the future had to begin with something he called amor fati or love of one's fate.

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The problem with hope is that it is fundamentally transactional - it is a bargain between one's current actions for some imagined, pleasant future. Don't eat this, and you'll go to heaven. Don't kill that person, or you'll get in trouble. Work hard and save your money, because that will make you happy.

To transcend the transactional real of hope, one much act unconditionally

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You must love someone without expecting anything in return; otherwise it’s not truly love. You must respect someone without expecting anything in return; otherwise you don’t truly respect him. You must speak honestly without expecting a pat on the back or a high-five or a gold star next to your name; otherwise you aren’t truly being honest.

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You are always choosing.

The power of choice is one of the greatest gifts we human beings possess. We are always choosing regardless of whether we are aware of it. Till we die.

When we forgo one alternative, we are indirectly choosing something else.

When we choose our struggles, we feel strong and empowered. When those circumstances influence us against our will, we often feel miserable and unhappy.

The genuine question is, what are we choosing to care about? What values are we choosing to base our lives on? What metrics are we using to measure our lives? And are those excellent choices - values or metrics?

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