Did you know that being worried whether the world respects you motivates a lotta lotta behaviour? Alain de Botton has a TED Talk on atheist religion and a book on what love is, among other achievements. I got tipped off to his works on “status anxiety” as a huge or yuge problem when reading another article. Maybe the US election of Tuesday Nov 8 can be begun to be understood if you watch his video or read his book. Rang a lot of bells.
One solution de Botton lists is thinking that your passing life is passing, and he puts up a 17th century Reformation Holland style of painting called Vanitas –example here for your meditation. Watch his Channel 4 special on status anxiety on youtube, gratis.