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Tips for Surviving the End of History

1. SUPPORT ARTISTS. Original works by authors, illustrators and musicians are plentiful, although obscured from attention by the tendency for consumers to spend money on familiar items. It is advantageous for companies to avoid marketing original creations, so unoriginality permeates the market. Look below the surface, and make an effort to connect with and support those who stimulate you specifically. This helps to build a network of creative minds, even if you yourself do not find you creative.

2. CULTIVATE IMAGINATION. Our entire set of reality is a slow accumulation and collection of thoughts manifested. Many find it easy to assume a natural progression into what becomes next, although difficult to generate a picture of a future that transcends what's expected. This is due to the frequency and strength of communications designed to discourage original ideas. These messages exist because new ideas threaten the current order. But change is inevitable, and taking responsibility for our own unique visions of the future has always shaped things on the most fundamental level, and will continue to do so.

3. LAUGH AND CRY. The world is funny, and the world is sad. It is likely going to get a whole lot funnier and a whole lot sadder. Allowing yourself to share in the joys and sorrows of the world is a tuning mechanism that requires no analysis, or any kind of thought whatsoever. Waves of emotion are born of our actions and their consequences, as individuals as well as those of the collective. They exist to propel us toward a greater understanding of the human condition.

4. RESPECT MYTHOLOGIES. Love is the basis for every major religion on this planet. The matter is often confused by metaphors being taken literally. When interpretation of a symbol is left to the interpreter, trust becomes necessary, and through the trusting come understanding and acceptance. When symbols are interpreted for others, trust is lost, and people sometimes resort to harsh means in defense of their right to decide for themselves. Different cultures have different stories pertaining to their view on the stages of human development and the evolution of humanity. Look at how select stories have influenced the regions they came from, adopt the bits that further your personal development, and let the rest be.

5. OBSERVE SYNCHRONICITIES. A simple test to determine whether or not the coincidences you experience are accidental is celebrating when they occur. If you find that the frequency increases and decreases with relationship to your appreciation, then these things can no longer be considered accidents. Not being accidents, it may be fair to assume that they arrive with purpose, intent. Generally, these events, regardless of how they are perceived, have an immediate effect of affirming one's place in the grand scheme, the big picture, and with a little practice they may become helpful nudges along the path. And the more objects of thought the more meaning is attributed to, the stronger these communications become.

6. KNOW THYSELF. At any given moment there is a juxtaposition of this world as it exists without us, and our perspective on the phenomenon. The crux is our influence, made less problematic through degrees of awareness. It is difficult for anyone to tell us who we are. Ultimately, it's a process of our own discovery, and one that continues until the day we die. The more actively involved in the process, the less confusing the world appears, because at this juncture of world and us there really is no difference at all between the two. It can't be defined where one stops and the other starts. So we are it and it is us, I am you and you are me. The mirror is always present. Have the courage to look directly into it, and you'll be awake.

7. KILL LESS. We want to live, and so we want to let as much else live as possible. Sometimes there's nothing we can do. But, many times there's more freedom to choose life than we think. The next time you find a spider or a fly in your home, take it outside in a cup instead of killing it. Doesn't that feel better?
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