In “On the Sufferings of the World” (), Schopenhauer boldly claims: “Unless suffering is the direct and immediate object of life, our. Arthur Schopenhauer’s The World as Will and Representation When Schopenhauer says that all life is suffering he means that all life, that is, everything that. Editions. On the Suffering of the World . Arthur Schopenhauer · Paperback Throughout history, some books have changed the world.

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Each separate misfortune, as it comes, seems, no doubt, to be something exceptional; but misfortune in general is the rule.

Consequently, as far as real physical pleasure is concerned, the man is not better off than the brute, except in so far as the higher possibilities of his nervous system make him more sensitive to every kind of pleasure, but also, it must be remembered, to every kind of pain.

Life wants, and because its wants are mostly unfulfilled, it suffernigs largely in a state of unfulfilled striving and deprivation. Sep 22, Maru Kun rated it really liked it Shelves: How much significance there is in these two ways of finding comfort in death. The spirit of the New Testament is undoubtedly asceticism, however your schopenhauet and rationalists may twist it to suit their purpose.

On the Suffering of the World by Arthur Schopenhauer

The Old Testament represents man as under the dominion of Law, in which, however, there is no redemption. Your University professors are bound to preach optimism; and it is an easy and agreeable task to upset their arthjr.

Some of the social attitudes grate – low persons should be avoided as their company degrades! Thee it is that in our good days we are all unconscious of the evil Fate may have presently in store for us–sickness, poverty, mutilation, loss of sight or reason.

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This feeling will so completely predominate over every other that they will not even consider it necessary to give it words; but on either side it will be silently assumed, and form the ground-work of all they have to talk about. In the dream we were all at a party, a grad school party at which both students and faculty were in attendance.

If the brute is free from care, it is also, in this sense, without hope; in either case, because its consciousness is limited to the present moment, to what it can actually see before it. But whatever the real reason was, he was now telling me that all my work for the past nine to twelve months was completely for naught.

It is all pointless and in vain. Here is a philosopher, they feel, who is finally telling them how it really is, with no sugar coating at all, a philosopher who would rather speak the difficult and painful truth to people than to tell them sweet and pretty lies. Could we foresee it, there are times when children might seem like innocent prisoners, condemned, not to death, but to life, and as yet all unconscious of what their sentence means.

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But they exist down there in the depths of our nature; and should anything call them forth, they will come and show themselves, just qorld we now see them in others. Aug 18, Liz Polding rated it really liked it.

He edited the Wandsbecker Botein the fourth part of which appeared the treatise mentioned above.

His ideas on suffering along with how knowledge emerges are some of the greatest things I will get out of this and will remember for a long time. Schopenhauer famously regards suffering as positive and happiness as negati Some readers seem to enjoy essays such as “On the Suffering of the World” while denouncing “On Women” completely.

They have transformed the way we see ourselves – and each other. I refer, not to my own philosophy alone, but to the wisdom of all ages, as expressed in Brahmanism and Buddhism, and in the sayings of Greek philosophers like Empedocles and Pythagoras; as also by Cicero, in his remark that the wise men of old used to teach that we come into this world to pay the penalty of crime committed in another state of existence — a doctrine which formed part of the initiation into the mysteries.

And in the question between the affirmation and the denial of the will to live, Christianity is in the last resort right. Consequently, as far as real physical pleasure is concerned, the man is not better off than the brute, except in so far as the higher possibilities of his nervous system make him more sensitive to every kind of pleasure, but also, it must be remembered, to every kind of pain. The spirit of the New Testament is undoubtedly asceticism, however your protestants and rationalists may twist it to suit their purpose.

If two men who were friends in their youth meet again when they are old, after being separated for a life-time, the chief feeling they will have at the sight of each other will be one of complete disappointment at life as a whole; because their thoughts will be carried back to that earlier time when life seemed so fair as it lay spread out before them in the rosy light of dawn, promised so much–and then performed so little.

Any further explanation that may be given of their fate will be in the nature of hypothesis, if not actually mythical in its character; and I may leave the reader to speculate upon the matter for himself. Or maybe he would even criticize Jesus by associating him with femininity? And, in fact, schopenhausr pleasures of hope and anticipation which I have been mentioning are not to be had for nothing. This is a steaming pile of depressive dog shit. And in the question between the affirmation and the denial of the will to live, Christianity is in the last resort right.

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Studies in Pessimism, by Arthur Schopenhauer

It is just this characteristic way in which the brute gives itself up entirely to the present moment that contributes so wlrld to the delight we take in our domestic pets. Apart from the central, melancholy inducing ideas, Schopenhauer discusses the detrimental effects of over-reading, deliberates on what exactly constitutes genius, comments on how one should write, in order to be, as he defines, a “fixed star” and not a “meteor” and also makes some disparaging remarks on operas. Cursed is the ground for thy sake.

A light has a ‘positive’ nature; it truly exists. There seems to me no better explanation of our existence than that it is the result of some false step, some sin of which we are paying the penalty.

Between the ethics of the Greeks and the ethics of the Hindoos, there is a glaring contrast. How much significance there is in these two ways of finding comfort in death. The ceaseless efforts to banish suffering achieve nothing more than a change in its form. Again, you may look upon life as an unprofitable episode, disturbing the blessed calm of non-existence.

Boredom is a form of suffering unknown to brutes, at any rate in their natural state; it is only the very cleverest of them who show faint wirld of it when they are domesticated; whereas in the case of man it has become a downright scourge.

Therefore, so long as our consciousness is filled by our will [which is as long as we are will-filled living beings], so long as we are given up to the throng of desires with its constant hopes and fears, so long as we are the subject of willing, we never sufferigns lasting happiness or peace.

There is nothing more certain than the general schpoenhauer that it is the grievous sin of the world which has produced the grievous suffering of the world. A shadow has a ‘negative’ nature; it exists only as a negation of something ‘positive’.

Het geheel wordt voorafgegaan door een eveneens tamelijk lastige inleiding van Maarten van Nierop. Barring an obnoxious and sexist essay titled “On Women”, this book is filled with wise adages and mini-ideas that can depress the reader on a happy day and give him company on a sad one.