The nature of the universe is change. Without exception, nothing remains as it presently is forever. Therefore, nothing should be taken for granted as permanent be it within or without yourself. In order to achieve universal “happiness” we should embrace and cherish change. Time is our worst enemy only when we believe that it can be bargained with, reckoned with or stopped. When we realize that it is time and change which gave us the chance to live and breathe today, we should not condemn or be frightened of it knowing that it will one day take the very thing it gave us away. Anything we achieve, earn, or stumble upon, and that we believe is “ours”, “mine”, or consider as anything permanent and under our control will once day, be it soon or very distant, be taken away or lost. This is the nature of the universe. Understanding this is the key to freeing your true self. Those of eastern religions put it this way. Even if you are to resist change in the most passive, non-changing manner, still, it will effect you. Even if you put yourself in one place and vow never to move, never to change, within a few moments you may be uncomfortable, a few hours after not moving, you may have muscle cramps. After a few years, you will become crippled, and eventually, sitting in that one spot, your body will decay and die. Even the earth you sat on, or the chair you rested in, will decay and change, according to weather that time has brought. Call it God, call it Eternity, call it Time, it will effect you, for the worse or for the better. So long as Time continues, nothing can stay the same for very long. At first this seems an undesirable thing to realize. It seems to be saying: “nothing is mine, so I should strive to attain nothing.” Ultimately, that is what it is saying. But mostly it is to bring about the recognition that none of these temporary things which we call permanent (a sad mis-labeling) can bring about the happiness we seek in them because the happiness a common human pursues includes permanence. Why should it not? “I desire a big house, a beautiful wife and two wonderful children...for exactly 10 years and no longer,” is not a goal someone sets very often. When someone is in a situation that satisfies them completely, they do not want it to end, and aren’t most people looking for a permanent satisfying situation? Well, after realizing the nature of reality, you will soon recognize that none such situation exists. Pessimism? I call it realism. How are we ever to pursue anything we desire after honestly realizing this? It all seems such a waste of time in light of the nature of reality. Well, it is the only useful thing to do with your time so long as you practice perfect non-attachment. Do not resist when something is taken from you - it was inevitable. Do not lament when a beautiful situation has dissolved. Cherish these things in their existence and non-existence, in their present, past and future. Change is what must take your perfection away, so you may feel the need to deny or ignore it. However, change is also the only engine that can produce your happiness.