The way I see it:

It's really tempting. I can't deny I have considered, and I still am.

I am tempted to print out Sheldon Kopp's Eschatological Laundry list and hand it to every single one of my clients, even (or specially) before getting started in a coaching process.

Because this list summarizes one of the most significant pieces of wisdom I have encountered in my research. Sheldon Kopp, psychotherapist and author, If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him (1972), not only has a realistic approach, but also an extremely empowering one by recognizing the responsibility that grows with freedom.

I highly recommend reading it till the end. If you want to give it away out as a Christmas gift, you can download it here, it's free but at the same time priceless. 


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.

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