The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things.

If franchising defeated you, that’s a very good thing.

Realizing that it’s all bound together, is an important very big defeat/win.

The birth of a distinct people is an isolating and troubling process.

How could we we forget those ancient myths that stand at the beginning of all races – the myths about dragons that at the last moment are transformed into princesses. Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are only princesses waiting for us to act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something that wants our love.

So you must not be frightened if a sadness rises before you larger than any you have ever seen, if an anxiety like light and cloud shadows moves over your hands and everything that you do. You must realize that something has happened to you;  that life has not forgotten you; it holds you in its hand and will not let you fall. Why do you want to shut out of your life any uneasiness, any miseries, or any depressions? For after all, you do not know what work these conditions are doing inside you.

Rainer Maria Rilke

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