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A religious saying: Metaphysical vs. man-made

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"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things which I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."

I have turned to this saying for guidance many, many times since I first read it, framed on a friend's parents' wall, a few years ago. The only problem is that I don't ask god for these things; I look for them within myself. I find that the message is completely rational except for that one tiny detail. What would be a better way to word it?

On another note: Have any of you heard this saying before, and what does it mean to you?

P.S. I'm not sure it belongs in this forum, but it is somewhat ethical in nature. Feel free to move it, Mods, if it belongs somewhere else (not that you need my permission :lol: ).

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Yes, this is quite a popular saying especially since it has been used by Alcoholics Anonymous as a sort of slogan. In fact, Ayn Rand talks about it explicitly in one of her essays in Philosophy: Who Needs It and uses it as a way to introduce the idea of the metaphysical versus the man-made.

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