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Discussing the Fascinating Ideas of Schopenhauer: The Most Pessimistic Philosopher

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Life is a sorry business.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

Arthur Schopenhauer was a great 19th-century philosopher whose life experiences resulted in him adopting a pessimistic attitude towards life. He believed “Human life is a mistake,” and “Life is a constant process of dying.”

Although I haven’t studied his philosophical ideas in depth, I stumbled upon some of his ideas which I find fascinating.

Here are they: –

  1. A Genius is An Anti-social Individual

According to Schopenhauer, people with exceptional creative power are antisocial because they seldom find people that think like them.

I find Schopenhauer’s idea true because I realized that the more I become intelligent and creative, the more I want to be alone. However, I believe the antisocial character of a genius occurs because the genius realizes that he only learns a lot when he’s alone.

  1. Our Admirers Hate Expressing Their Admiration

I firmly support Schopenhauer because I realized that most people who admire us seldom expose their admiration. They think we’ll feel superior to them if we realize that they admire us. For this reason, we must learn to admire ourselves instead of waiting for people to admire us.

  1. Love Was Created to Enable Procreation

Schopenhauer believed the Genius of Species/Nature/God created love to encourage procreation. He argued that love leads to sexual attraction hence resulting in procreation and the continuation of species.

  1. All Living Things Are Dedicated to A Meaningless Existence

Arthur studied the life of animals and realized that all animals strived to survive. He wondered why they laboured continuously for a meaningless life.

After watching hundreds of wildlife documentaries, I also wondered why animals strive to survive. Birds, Wildebeests and many other animals migrate hundreds of miles because they want to survive.

However, contrary to Arthur’s opinion, I believe this struggle for survival has a meaning that I don’t know.

  1. Life is A Constant Process of Dying

As everything grows, it nears death.

I love Schopenhauer’s idea because it reminds us that our death is around the corner since we are mortal beings. This idea makes me appreciate every moment and live my life as authentic as possible because it reminds me that it’s not long before I stop existing.

  1. Our Happiness Depends on Our State of Health

It’s hard to be happy when sick, but it’s easier to be happy when strong and healthy. Furthermore, external circumstances make us suffer more when we are ill than when we are well. For this reason, we must strive to be healthy by exercising and eating healthy foods.

“With health, everything is a source of pleasure; without it, nothing else.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

  1. “The Fool Rushes After The Pleasures of Life and Finds Himself Their Dupe

All individuals who chase the pleasures of life will eventually realize that their pursuit was pointless because the pleasures will add no value to their lives.

Therefore, you’ll regret if you avoid chasing your dreams so that you take a high-paying job that enables you to enjoy the pleasures of life because you’ll realize that the pleasures are useless.

  1. Happiness Depends on Our Inner Qualities

Our inner qualities determine our levels of happiness because we interpret external events based on them. A cheerful person with high spirits will interpret negative circumstances positively and they won’t disturb him. However, a melancholic pessimist might be sad even in good times.

Conclusion

Hope you loved Schopenhauer’s ideas. If you are familiar with him, you can add can more of his ideas in the comment box below. If not, you are welcome to comment on the idea that you loved the most or disagree with.

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4 Comments

  1. alanmaiccon

    November 30, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    A genius loves every moment.

    • Isaac Wechuli

      November 30, 2018 at 2:33 pm

      true.they are always immersed in what they do that they enjoy every moment

  2. jason

    December 1, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    deep

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Why I Believe in Miracles

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Why I Believe in Miracles

‘We live on a blue planet that circles around a ball of fire next to a moon that moves the sea…and you don’t believe in miracles?’ – Anonymous

I used to believe miracles are a form of wishful thinking, and I never believed the spiritual teachers that encourage us to believe in miracles. I used to think these teachers encourage us to believe in miracles just to make us hopeful. However, after meditating on the world for a while, it dawned on me that I must believe in miracles because everything in the world is a miracle.

For instance, human beings are a miracle. We don’t know where we came from, how we were made, and why we came into existence. As well, we are the only creatures that can talk and invent things such as planes and computers, and we can take care of other animals and ensure balance in the ecosystem.

Besides humans, animals are also a miracle. We don’t know how they think, what they think, and how most of them communicate. In addition, we don’t know how they came into existence, the force behind their evolution, what drives them to mate, and so on. Moreover, just like us, some of them experience the miracle of digestion, which turns food into bodies.

Furthermore, plants are also a miracle. They make food, breathe, reproduce, grow, die, but they don’t think. Some of them attract and kill insects, some live in water, others are climbers, and some can detect human emotions.

Other than the living aspects of life, the non-living aspects are also a miracle. For instance, water, air, minerals, and the forces that hold the stars, moon, and earth on nothingness are a miracle. We don’t how these things were created, how they came into existence, and from what they were created.

Thinking about these things enlightened me that I live in a miraculous world. I thus abandoned the scientific way of thinking – that makes us perceive miracles as wishful thinking – as I realized that it’s out of tune with this miraculous world. I noticed that miracles are part of life, and therefore, it makes sense to believe in miracles.

Moreover, I realized that most individuals who don’t believe in miracles are pessimistic, more vulnerable to stress, and they fear uncertainty because their belief is out of tune with the miraculous world we live in. At the same time, I noticed that people who believe in miracles experience them regularly, and are more optimistic because the belief results in them being in tune with life.

For these reasons, I now believe in miracles, and I don’t think my belief is illogical or delusional because I understand that I am a miracle living in a miraculous world, and so it makes sense to believe in miracles.

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How We’ve Let God Down

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How We've Let God Down

God created us with the ability to self-reflect. We are the only creatures that can meditate on the infinite miracles that enable us to thrive on this planet.

However, instead of doing that, we constantly worry and stress over non-sense. We create a superficial reality that continuously stresses us for no reason.

As well, we never pause and appreciate the magical present moment and the mysteries of the universe because we are always anxious about useless things. We are addicted to worrying about our social status, and we love spending our time comparing ourselves to others.

Besides, we never meditate on the fact that we are magnificent beings that carry the spirit of God within us, and we seldom take time to smell flowers, watch the sun, the birds, and do other things that remind us of the existence of a magnificent spirit whose primary duty is to ensure that all creatures thrive on planet earth. In other words, most of us have lost the sense of wonder since we never look at God’s creation in awe and take time to appreciate it.

Moreover, we’ve let ourselves become slaves of a system created by tyrants whose only aim is to gain by overexploiting us. Instead of trying to get out of this system by employing ourselves and striving for enlightenment, we’ve let the tyrants govern our minds.

Besides, instead of fighting for the survival of planet earth, we’ve let these tyrants destroy the planet’s natural resources. Our forests are dying, many animals are becoming extinct, our air and water are getting polluted, but we don’t care because we are busy chasing paper, forgetting that money is useless without air, water, and other natural resources.

We’ve also descended into the egoic-consciousness, which makes us perceive ourselves as separate individuals whose main duty is to strive to be richer than others. For this reason, instead of loving each other unconditionally, we continuously judge each other and allow thoughts of envy, malice, and hate to dwell in our minds.

On top of that, we’ve forgotten that human beings are greater than the gods (spiritual entities, e.g angels, elementals, ghosts, etc) because we can attain both the human and god-consciousness. The gods can only attain the God-consciousness since attaining human consciousness is impossible to them.  However, we can transcend our human-consciousness by ascending to God-consciousness through spiritual growth, but we are unaware of this blessing because we’ve ignored the spiritual teachings handed down to us by the ancient masters.

Anyway, I don’t think God created us to live this way. I believe the factors that modern society promotes are responsible for this lifestyle that disappoints our Creator. We must thus rise above the modern illusory perception of life and strive to live the way we were designed to live because if we do so, we’ll live a life that delights our Lord God the Creator.

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