Facts won’t hurt you. They don’t bite. Sometimes facts aren’t pleasant. But they all must be faced and responded to. How can you respond to facts intelligently if you don’t know what they are? And aren’t they operating, in reality, whether you know them or not? This is really the key. If you really understand and accept that facts are operative whether you know them or not — then you will always welcome the input of facts. It doesn’t mean you will LIKE all of the facts. But you will always welcome them into your consciousness. Most people who talk about “serenity” mean things like “God” or some kind of vaguely defined higher power. I frankly have no idea what they’re talking about. All I can say, for myself, is that serenity means a willingness to welcome all facts at all times. It means to embrace your natural method of survival and functioning: Thinking. Thinking is the way that you survive, live and ultimately flourish. Facts are the raw material of thinking. Bring them on.