Defeat is not defeat unless accepted as a reality-in your own mind.
There is intelligence when you are not afraid.
The present? Well, think of it in terms of challenges and opportunities, and the rewards available for the application of your talents and energies.
The inner self is the true self.
The meaning of life is that it is to be lived, and it is not to be traded and conceptualized and squeezed into a pattern of systems.
Life itself is your teacher, and you are in a state of constant learning.