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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Compare with that the Christian coffin, draped in mournful black and surmounted with a crucifix! The brute flies from death instinctively without really knowing athur it is, and therefore without ever contemplating it in the way natural to a man, who has this prospect always before his eyes.

Would not a man rather have so much sympathy with the coming generation as to spare it the burden of existence? That is not bad. View all 5 comments. However varied the forms that human happiness and misery may take, leading a man to seek the one and shun the other, the material basis of it all is bodily pleasure or bodily pain.

Nihilistic and pessimistic but in the meantime deeply realistic criticism on life as a whole. All satisfaction, or what is commonly called happiness, is really and essentially always negative only, and never positive.

It is absurd to look upon the enormous amount of pain that abounds everywhere in the world, and originates in needs and necessities inseparable from life itself, as serving no purpose at all and the result of mere chance. I would give it 4 stars in the end for the applicability it has to the modern world when it comes to writing good books and papers and about other things in the realms of reading.

I think we’re going to have to drop this one and start a whole new topic. I was partially right. The contrast which the New Testament presents when compared with the Old, according to the ecclesiastical view of the matter, is just that existing between my ethical system and the moral philosophy of Europe. Allied with this is the contrast between the Greek and the Christian idea of death. But all this contributes to increase the measures of suffering in human life out of all proportion to its pleasures; and the pains of life are made much worse for man by the fact that death is something very real to him.

On the Suffering of the World by Arthur Schopenhauer

One man, it is true, may have faults that are absent in his fellow; and it is undeniable that the sum total of bad qualities is in some cases very large; for the difference of individuality between man and man passes all measure.

But what an awful fate this means for mankind as a whole! PaperbackPenguin Great Ideaspages. Certain it is that work, worry, labor and troubleform the lot of almost all men their whole life long. Public domain Public domain false false. He was describing a scene of enormous horror that was happening to me, but the feeling that swept through me as he started suffferings this terrible situation was one of immense relief and huge gratitude.

On the Suffering of the World

Some of achopenhauer social attitudes grate – low persons should be rhe as their company degrades! This was one of the final sufferinbs for completing my PhD, and I was definitely ready for the process to be over. It is just this characteristic way in which the brute gives itself up entirely to the present moment that sufterings so much to the delight we take in our domestic pets.


It is, tne, a wonderful thing that the mere addition of thought should serve to raise such a vast and lofty structure of human happiness and misery; resting, too, on the same narrow basis of joy and sorrow as man holds in common with the brute, and exposing him to such violent emotions, to so many storms of passion, so much convulsion of feeling, that what he has suffered stands written and may be read in the lines on his face.

Cursed is the ground for thy sake. The brute flies from death instinctively without really knowing what it is, and therefore without ever contemplating it in the way natural to a man, who has this prospect always before his eyes. If, which is very difficult, we have succeeded in removing pain in this form, it at once appears on the scene in a thousand others, varying according to age and circumstances, such as sexual impulse, passionate love, jealousy, envy, hatred, anxiety, ambition, avarice, sickness, and so on.

In his powers of reflection, memory and foresight, man possesses, as it schopenhaue, a machine for condensing and storing up his pleasures and his sorrows. Asceticism is the denial of the will to live; and the transition from the Old Testament off the New, from the dominion of Law to that of Faith, from justification by works to redemption through the Mediator, from the domain of sin and death to eternal life in Christ, means, when taken in its real sense, the transition from the merely moral virtues to the denial of the will to live.

On the contrary, they are just the schopejhauer which support what I have been saying; they are our authority for viewing the world as the outcome of our own misdeeds, and therefore, as something that had better not have been. Or maybe he would even criticize Jesus by associating him with femininity?

They are faults that do not lie on the surface.

We shall see later that by taking a very high standpoint it is possible to justify the sufferings of mankind. Although Schopenhauer wouldn’t have wasted much time surfing the net in any case: At the same sufferingss it is candid in confessing that a man must turn his back upon the world, and that the denial of the will to live is the way of redemption.

This explanation must be understood as having at bottom some moral bearing; although it is illustrated by an exactly parallel theory in the domain of physical science, which places the origin of the sun in a primitive streak of mist, formed one knows not how.

For a philosopher who advocates thinking for yourself agreehe is remarkably dismissive of any dissenters sufferints inferior. Refresh and try again. Again, you may look upon life as an unprofitable episode, disturbing the blessed calm of non-existence.

Studies in Pessimism, by Arthur Schopenhauer

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 Ciceroin his remark that the wise men of old used to teach that we come into this world to pay the penalty of schpoenhauer committed wprld another state of existence–a doctrine which formed part of the initiation into the mysteries.


Without this [diversions] we should be in a state of weariness, and this weariness would spur us to seek a more solid means of escaping from it.

If children were brought into the world by an act of pure reason alone, would the human race continue to exist? It is a good read, but also can very challenging to know where you are and an occasional rereading of the paragraph to make sure you can understand it. No sooner do they arrive in a place than they are anxious to know what amusements it affords; just as though they were beggars asking where they could receive a dole!

Blood is pooling up out of your eye sockets and is pouring down each side of your face. The best consolation in misfortune or affliction of any kind will be the thought of other people who are in a still worse plight than yourself; and this is a form of consolation open to every one.

There are echoes here again, as in other collections of Schopenhauer’s essays, of his inability to self-validate his views and of the despair that it evidently causes him: I felt in agreement with some things, especially in how much I agree that a better life is achieved by eschewing what hurts you; however the last two or three chapters are a textbook on male sexism of the early 19th century which makes a lot of sense considering Schopenhauer’s bio.

Feb 06, Brandon rated it liked sufferinge Shelves: This may perhaps sound strange, but it is in keeping with the facts; it puts others in a right light; and it reminds us of that which is after all the most necessary thing in life–the tolerance, patience, regard, and love of neighbor, of which everyone stands in need, and which, therefore, every man owes to his fellow. Arthr met al een goede bloemlezing uit de hoofdwerken van Schopenhauer, maar het geheel had wat mij betreft wel een ietwat flinkere opfrisbeurt mogen hebben.

That is what Christianity means in speaking schoopenhauer the sinful nature of man. This is very dark, and the harsh contrasts it draws between ‘man’ and ‘brute’ appear, at first, as much an indulgence of the human ego as a reflection on the human condition.

They lead us to see that, like the children of a libertine, we come into the world with the burden of sin upon us; and that it is only through having continually to atone for this sin that our existence is so miserable, and that its end is death. Accordingly, the sole thing that reconciles me to the Old Testament is the sufferinhs of the Fall.

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