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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Go to the priests, then, and leave philosophers in peace!

For he is the Creator not of the world only, but of possibility itself; and, therefore, he ought to have so ordered possibility as that it would admit of something better. When Schopenhauer says that all life is suffering he means that all life, that is, everything that lives and strives, is filled with suffering.

Finally, I may mention that as regards the sexual relation, a man is committed to a peculiar schopejhauer which drives him obstinately to choose one person. Go to the priests, then, and leave philosophers in peace! Especially for those who believe life has a meaning and happiness is an achievable state instead of an imaginary idea.

But the fact is that man attains the natural term of years just as seldom as the brute; because the unnatural way in which he lives, and the strain of work and emotion, lead to a degeneration of the race; and so his goal is not often reached. I felt something warm, liquid and sticky flowing down my cheeks, and I felt like something was hanging arthhur on one side of my face.

Taking a thousand forms, often very strange ones, this becomes the goal of almost all the efforts he makes that are not rooted in physical pleasure or pain. Public domain Public domain false false. If we carry our analysis a step farther, we shall find that, in order to increase his pleasures, man has intentionally added to the number and pressure of his needs, which in their original state were not much more difficult to satisfy than those of the brute.

If at any moment Time stays his hand, it is only when we are delivered over to the misery of boredom. Some of the metaphors were particularly powerful such as the image of vegetation as aesthetically pleasing and resonating within the human spirit due to its defiance of gravity. Optimistic philosophies Finally, Schopenhauer has a few words to say against all the “optimistic philosophies,” viz. The one on thinking is problematic due to its highly dualistic nature that is marked by self-righ It is a nice little collection of essays by Schopenhauer.


Hence luxury in all its forms; delicate food, the use of tobacco and opium, spirituous liquors, fine clothes, and the thousand and one things than he considers necessary to his existence.

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There schoprnhauer no discussion topics on this book yet. In general, however, sutferings should be said that this view of life will enable us to contemplate the so-called imperfections of the great majority of men, their moral and intellectual deficiencies and the resulting base type of countenance, without any surprise, to say nothing of indignation; for we shall never cease to reflect where we are, and that the men about us are beings conceived and born in sin, and living to atone for it.

He is less or and histrionic in his writing style than Nietzsche and that, perhaps, is what makes his philosophy more readable for me at this point in time. Toch laat deze bloemlezing ook zien dat Schopenhauer zeer literair begaafd was.

On the Suffering of the World

And in the question between the affirmation and the denial of the will to live, Christianity is in the last resort right. Further, desiring lasts a long time, demands and requests go on to infinity, fulfillment is short and meted out sparingly. 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.

And I may say, further, that a certain amount of care or pain or trouble is necessary for every man at all times. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization, and helped make us who we are.

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.

In early youth, as we contemplate our coming life, we are like children in a theatre before the curtain is raised, sitting there in high spirits and eagerly waiting for the play to begin. 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.


These things cannot be reconciled with any such belief.

So that even if only a few brutes die a natural death, and most of them live only just long enough to tye their species, and then, if not earlier, become the prey of some other animal,–whilst man, on the other hand, manages to make so-called natural death the rule, to which, however, there are a good many exceptions,–the advantage is on the side of the brute, for the reason stated above.

So do not degrade your Muse to sufffrings whore…”. This was one of the final requirements for completing my PhD, and I was definitely ready for the process to be over. All willing springs from lack, from deficiency, and thus from suffering.

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Certain it is that work, worry, labor and troubleform the schlpenhauer of almost all men their whole life long. I cannot refrain from recommending the thoughtful reader a popular, but at the same time, profound treatise on this subject by Claudius 5 which exhibits the essentially pessimistic spirit of Christianity.

Studies in Pessimism, by Arthur Schopenhauer : ON THE SUFFERINGS OF THE WORLD.

And, in any case, even though things have gone with you tolerably well, the kn you live the more clearly you will feel that, on the whole, life is a disappointment, nay, a cheat.

There is nothing here to give the will pause; it is not free to deny itself and so obtain redemption.

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 traces of it when they are domesticated; whereas in the case of man it has become a downright scourge. This is afterwards deducted; for the more we look forward to anything, the less satisfaction we find in it when it comes. But in man reflection comes in, with all the emotions to which it gives rise; and taking up the same elements of pleasure and pain which are common to him and the brute, it develops his susceptibility to happiness and misery to such a degree that, at one moment the man is brought in an instant to a state of delight that may even prove fatal, at another to the depths of despair and suicide.