Chapter XIVStep 5 Remember the Four Principles

The Four Principles, announced at the start of every OST, go as follows: (1) Whoever comes are the right people. (2) Whatever happens is the only thing that could have. (3) Whenever it starts is the right time. (4) When it’s over it’s over. The principles in OST do not tell people what they should do, but simply acknowledge what will happen in any event. In a word, they are descriptive and not prescriptive. One might ask why state the obvious? The answer is that many people who first come to OST, find the situation to be strange, counterintuitive, and even wrong. We announce the principles to alert them to what will be happening, and hopefully make them feel more comfortable. And of course, ...

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