“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: –
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- “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.
- 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.
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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The Hidden God
I use the word ‘he’ to refer to God because it’s the most common term used to refer to the Creator. Forgive me for that.
If there is a Creator-God, it has used methods of creation that are indistinguishable from nature; it has declined to make itself known for all of recorded history, it doesn’t intervene in affairs on earth, and has made itself impossible to observe.’ – David McFee
According to the theory of the Hidden God, God created the world and the laws that govern it and avoids involving himself in its daily operation. This theory claims that God got tired of involving himself with the physical world, and he let the laws he created to govern it. For this reason, he never involves himself in the affairs of man and the processes of nature.
Individuals who believe in this theory believe praying to God is useless because God never takes part in our affairs. However, they believe God created smaller gods that can answer our prayers because they participate in our affairs and the processes of nature.
Although God is unknowable, I believe this theory is worth analyzing because it makes sense. For instance, it explains why our prayers are seldom answered and why some ancient cultures never prayed directly to God. Many ancient cultures, especially Africans, prayed to ancestors and spirit guides because they believed these entities were more accessible and could take part in their affairs.
Moreover, this theory explains why God never helps righteous people during earthquakes, floods, volcanoes, and other natural disasters despite his ability to help them. As well, it explains why sometimes, righteous individuals are killed by predators, terrorists, and criminals despite living a prayerful and virtuous life.
If God was what Christians and Muslims teach us, these things would never happen to righteous people because, according to these religions, God loves the righteous, and he always protects them. Moreover, if God took part in our affairs as most religions claim, he could have answered most of our prayers.
Therefore, the theory of the hidden god is more reliable than religious theories because it enables people to embrace the world the way it is. On top of that, it enlightens us that we must work on creating the experiences we want instead of relying on God to work on our behalf.
In conclusion, although I agree that God is unknowable, I surely know that it’s impossible for the Creator to separate itself from Creation because Creation can’t survive without the Creator. For this reason, I can’t fully accept the hidden God theory. However, I love it because it enlightens people that it’s their responsibility- and not God’s – to create the life they want.
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An Atheist is a Big Fool
‘The wonders and balance of nature and the marvelous physics of flight present the truths of our Creator in ways simply too overwhelming to discount.’ – Robert Firth, Atheists Are Idiots
An atheist is a fool because he lacks judgment and prudence.
According to an atheist, the universe appeared from nothing. Despite the atheist’s self-proclaimed intelligence, he believes the fine-tuning necessary for life to exist occurred by chance.
The atheist is too foolish to realize that the sun is placed in a perfect position so that we survive, and he overlooks the many natural ecosystems, in which everything miraculously interacts together as a unit.
Moreover, he believes the design that enables different animals and plants to survive occurred by chance. To him, the gills that enable fish to breathe in water, the wings that enable birds to fly, and the roots that enable plants to absorb water were accidentally designed by blind forces. As well, to the atheist, our body organs – that perform particular functions that enable us to survive – appeared from nowhere.
I’ll never waste my time arguing with an atheist because everything in the physical world clearly indicates the existence of an intelligent designer. The seasons, weather patterns, and every living thing indicate the existence of a designer.
‘We humans, as Albert Einstein writes, are in the position of a little child entering a huge library, whose walls are covered to the ceiling with books in many different languages. The child knows that someone must have written those books….It notes a definite plan in the arrangement of the books, a mysterious order.’
Sensible people – like the child – know that an intelligent force is behind any form of orderliness. However, despite seeing a mysterious order and arrangement on our planet, the atheist insists that this world appeared by chance.
For this reason, never waste time trying to enlighten an atheist because his foolishness is beyond measure. I refer to it as ‘Infinite Foolishness.’ The atheist is too foolish to realize that everything has a design and design can’t exist without a designer.
If you are an atheist reading this post, do me one favor. Go to a mental hospital and receive treatment as soon as possible because your foolishness is turning into madness. Maybe you have an untreated mental condition because any sensible individual that carefully analyzes the celestial bodies and life will definitely come to the conclusion that something brought the universe into existence.
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