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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 that, “Human life is a mistake,” and that “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 never reveal their sense of 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, while 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. For this reason, 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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The Statistics of the Dead and Why I Choose to be Grateful

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The Statistics of the Dead and Why I Choose to be Grateful

If more than 150,000 people die every month, and today none of your friends or family members is dead, then you have a big reason to smile.’ – Sadhguru, Indian Mystic

Before falling in love with esoteric philosophy, I used to be sad and angry about nothing. My focus on material possessions and the social status prevented me from noticing the infinite blessings I had.

I worried about not having more possessions than my friends, and I was angry at life because some people –who I thought were happy- despised me. This crap ended after I stumbled upon the above quote, meditated on it, and researched about the world’s death rates.

I discovered that more than 2,000 people die every day in car crashes, and, on average, about 1 million people die in road crashes every year. Besides car crashes, more than 2.5 million people die from diseases every year. In total, about 40 million people die every year

Moreover, I realized that the world has lost about 30 million people from January 1st, 2019 to July 15th, 2019.

These statistics enlightened me that more than 5,000 people die every day, and therefore, more than 10,000 people mourn every day. It then dawned on me that I am a blessed person who must be happy every day because all my family members are alive.

As well, the death statistics reminded me of how stupid I was since I always worried about lacking replaceable things (a nice watch, car, sofa set, etc.), instead of being thankful because the most precious people in my life are alive. People who are more willing to help me than the rest of the world.

I, therefore, shifted my focus from worry to being grateful for the amazing irreplaceable people I had; the only magnificent beings who can go out of their way to help me.

For this reason, I smile every day when I wake up in the morning and fail to receive death news about my family members. I know I will lose my loved ones one day, but for this period, that they are alive, I know I have a BIG reason to be happy and thankful for the mysterious grace that keeps them alive.

May the Infinite Intelligence bless all your family members, and enlighten you about their importance in your life so that you love and be grateful for them.

May Peace of Mind be With You.

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8 Major Reasons Why Ego is the Enemy

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8 Major Reasons Why Ego is the Enemy

Ego is an exaggerated sense of self-importance. Although it has enabled many individuals to succeed, its side effects have made it the main cause of failure, hatred, separation, and all other negative factors. Here, I’ll enlighten you about the disadvantages of the ego by providing the eight major reasons why ego is the enemy.

1.Ego is Competitive

The ego makes you competitive because it wants you to be better than everyone else. It wants to feel important because it hates equality. This competitive mindset induced by the ego makes you less creative and impatient. Besides, it makes it difficult for you to collaborate with people to achieve a common goal.

2.Ego Prevents You From Focusing on the Process

It’s difficult to build your skills when you are egotistic because the ego focuses more on the end-goal than the process. It mostly cares about results, showing off, glory, and admiration, hence increasing your chances of failure.

3.Ego Prevents You From Making Friends

The ego prevents you from making friends because it makes you arrogant and self-centered. Few people love arrogant, and self-centered folks because they are prone to envy and hate. Furthermore, the ego prevents you from making friends because it loves dominating all conversations to prove that you know everything.

4.Ego makes you Overestimate Your Abilities

Ego makes you believe you can handle everything on your own hence preventing you from working with others. It also makes you unwilling to learn from other folks because it believes you know everything. Moreover, it eliminates the desire to improve your skills because it makes you think you are too skilled for improvement.

5.Ego Makes you Give up Easily

The ego focuses on the outcome and therefore makes you give up easily when you don’t get the desired outcome after a certain period. Moreover, it wants quick success and will thus make it difficult for you to embrace patience when success seems far.

6.Ego results in Poor Decision Making

The ego desires acknowledgment and acceptance. For this reason, it results in you making decisions that align with the need for glory and fame instead of making decisions that will help build your career or improve your skills. Besides this, it prevents you from asking for advice when making important decisions because it makes you excessively arrogant.

7.The Ego Makes You Judgmental

The ego loves judging people so that it feels better than them. It makes you focus on finding faults with other people so that you feel superior to them.

Judging is bad because it disconnects you from love hence preventing you from aligning with Infinite Intelligence, which is a loving power.

8.The Ego Leads to Envy

The ego makes you believe you are the only one who deserves progress hence making you envious when you see other people make progress.

Read ‘Why Ego is the Main Source of Anger and Envy’ for more details on how the ego causes envy.

Conclusions

That being said, you must learn to control your ego because its negative effects can lead to unhappiness and prevent you from making progress.

Thanks For Reading

Hope you enjoyed reading the major reasons that make ego the enemy. You are free to add more reasons why ego is the enemy in the comment box below.

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