An Eschatological Laundry list: By Sheldon Kopp (1974)

A Partial Register of the 927 (or was in 928?) Eternal Truths.

Sheldon Kopp. 

  1. This is it !
  2. There are no hidden meanings.
  3. You can’t get from there to here, and besides there’s no place else to go.
  4. We are already dying, and we will be dead for a long time.
  5. Nothing lasts.
  6. There is no way of getting all you want.
  7. You can’t have anything unless you let go of it.
  8. You only get to keep what you give away.
  9. There is no particular reason why you lost out on some things.
  10. The world is not necessarily just. Being good often does not pay off and there is no compensation for misfortune.
  11. You have a responsibility to do your best nonetheless.
  12. It is a random universe to which we bring meaning.
  13. You don’t really control anything.
  14. You can’t make anyone love you.
  15. No one is any stronger or any weaker than anyone else.
  16. Everyone is in his own way, vulnerable.
  17. There are no great men.
  18. If you have a hero, look again: you have diminished yourself in some way.
  19. Everyone lies, cheats, pretends ( yes, you too, and most certainly I myself).
  20. All evil is potential vitality in need of transformation.
  21. All of you is worth something, if only you will own it.
  22. Progress is an illusion.
  23. Evil can be displaced but never eradicated, as all solutions breed new problems.
  24. Yet it us necessary to keep on struggling towards solution.
  25. Childhood is a nightmare.
  26. But it is s 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.
  27. Each of us is utimately alone.
  28. The most important things, each man must do for himself.
  29. Love is not enough, but it sure helps.
  30. We have only ourselves, and one another. That may ot be much, but thats all there is.
  31. How strange, that so often, it all seems worth it.
  32. We must live with the ambiguity of partial freedom, partial power, and partial knowledge.
  33. All important decisions must be made on the basis of insufficent data.
  34. Yet we are responsible for everything we do.
  35. No excuses will be accepted.
  36. You can run, but you can’t hide.
  37. It is most important to run out of scapegoats.
  38. We must learn the power of living with our helplessness.
  39. The only victory lies in surrender to oneself.
  40. All of the significant battles are waged within the self.
  41. You are free to do whatever you want. You need only face the consequences.
  42. What do you know…for sure…anyway ?
  43. Learn to forgive yourself, again and again and again and again.

From ‘If you meet the Buddha on the Road kill him’ By Sheldon Kopp, Sheldon Press, London 1974 (pages 165-167).

Sheldon Kopp (29 March 1929 – 29 March 1999) was a psychotherapist and author, based in Washington, D.C.. He was born in New York City, and received his PhD from theNew School for Social Research. In addition to his private practice, he served as a Psychotherapy Supervisor for the Pastoral Counselling and Consultation Centres in Washington. He died of cardiac arrhythmia and pneumonia. He is also popular for his quotes. One of them is, “All of the significant battles are waged within the self.”


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