I say this from time to time because it cannot be heard often enough: It is all useless, hopeless, pointless, futile and absurd, and coming to a very bad end-- every living thing dies. And. How we live in the meantime makes all the difference. We have to live as those who do not care what our chances are because we have a life that is ours alone to live-- in response to a will to express that which must be expressed through us alone. We are here to align ourselves with that will in the time we are alive, and to do what we are needed to do in doing what needs to be done with the original nature and the innate virtues that are unique to us and especially necessary to the here/now of our daily walk, and to each situation as it arises throughout the full course of our life. We must live to honor that will which informs our living and evokes our life in response to the circumstances that unfold around us moment to moment, day by day. It doesn't matter what our chances are! We live to do what is ours to do here/now no matter what-- for the joy of doing it and the satisfaction of having done it! And we will not be knocked off the anchoring rock of our fealty, liege loyalty and filial devotion to what needs to come forth through us even now, even yet, even so. No matter what. Make this your grounding realization and your life-long commitment, letting everything fall into place around that, and you will be amazed at the power of your life to sustain you and comfort you, guide and direct you as it impacts and transforms the world around you. If you are not going to listen to me here, why bother to listen to me anywhere?