1. You are going to get old. Unless you commit suicide, get a disease, find yourself murdered, or fall victim to some sort of calamity. It may seem impossible that you will become middle aged and then even older after that, but it’s true. To prove it, look at pictures of your parents or better yet grandparents when they were younger than you are now. It’s important to understand the transience of youth.
2. Think about other people. This is the most essential and important part of being a human being.
3. If you do not believe in God, consider the reasons, such as if, as an undergraduate, you majored in Lenin and Marx.
4. Politics are about policies and ideas. It doesn’t mean people are evil or necessarily ignorant if they disagree with you. It means you don’t like their ideas. it is best to try to examine both (+) sides always rather than throw in your lot with one party.
5. There is nothing so beautiful as a child’s love or giving love to a child.
6. Take risks. There is a time window for everything and you never know when the window will close.
7. Put down the phone.
8. Don’t waste too much time on TV or online. Read instead… like Dante’s Inferno, The Iliad. Make time matter. Great films are lovely but there are far fewer of them than the vast hordes of great literature and nonfiction.
9. Don’t be narcissistic. Even if you are an artist. Most artists and writers will not leave a lasting mark. Some exceptions: Shakespeare, Homer, Euripides, Melville, etc.
10. Leave the world a better place than you found it. The balance of good and evil in the world might be cosmologically affected by each of us.