September 22, 2023


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Little Factor 259 : On Schopenhauer and Love

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I bought this quote from Schopenhauer:

“Life swings like a pendulum between ache and tedium.”

Schopenhauer is the daddy of distress (in philosophy). He was pessimistic and darkish, preaching about ache and the roles behind it. He found out early on that ache is inevitable in life and he tried to make peace with it all through his life. He was one of many early philosophers that mixes concepts from Western and Jap philosophy. I’m normally concerned with fusion concepts and teachings (like from Carl Jung or Hermann Hesse) as a substitute of all primarily based on the Western thoughts. 

He mentioned that the will in our lives will drive our wants and need, and our motivation to behave on the earth however this will can be our supply of dissatisfaction and distress in our life. We are sometimes disenchanted and pissed off. He known as this “wille zum leben” or the will-to-live. For Schopenhauer, the will is in our unconscious thoughts and its core goal is to maintain us alive, to outlive.

Schopenhauer mentioned there are 2 choices to cope with the issues of existence. 

The first choice is to apply asceticism, he known as these individuals, the ‘sages‘, the particular people that handle to rise above the calls for of the will-to-live, the individuals that may see the pure drives in people: intercourse, ego, selfishness, the necessity for a accomplice, validation, social approval, fame, cash, and so on, and to rise above these pure drives and make peace with them. They’ll overcome these needs and be at peace with out them like a monk or a hermit. However it is a moderately excessive method.

The second choice is a friendlier method, he really useful the ‘increased pleasures’: meditation, studying, and philosophy, we’re additionally inspired to spend our lives partaking with artwork: poetry, music, and tradition.  To seek out the sweetness in on a regular basis duties, to seek for the distinct odor of hope in destruction, to see mild in essentially the most hopeless situation, to search out that means in our ache, to be content material within the chaos.

The most secure method of not being very depressing is to not count on to be very completely satisfied

He reminded us that we aren’t loopy, that our ache and unhappiness are legitimate, that struggling is inevitable, we aren’t alone, the world is loopy, and that it’s okay. That is the fact that we have to settle for as part of our lives and attempt to go on with it. For him, life bought no larger goal, we’re right here, we’re alive and we move on. 

So why I took be aware of Schopenhauer then? To not say that I agree with every thing he held on to, for me, what he shared is generally the issues that I already found out, not one thing of a brand new revelation. However it’s good to see it in writing, I really feel validated and entertained. However when Schopenhauer mentioned love is a robust phantasm that may be the best drive in human life but it surely truly results in our unconscious have to survive mankind aka make extra offspring for the following era, I laughed, as a result of it was a really cynical viewpoint. 

Is it honest to only deal with love as an phantasm that humankind wants?

I all the time remind each my youthful siblings about ache and love – as a result of they each got here from a damaged traumatic childhood early on in order that they have deeper points coping with relationships. I do know it’s scary to commit to like, to place your coronary heart on a pedestal, to be weak, and to depend on others to your happiness. However to really feel completely satisfied, you want to really feel unhappy, to know what’s love, you want to know what’s ache, to see the sunshine, you want to be at the hours of darkness. 

As soon as, I fell in love, onerous. The epic love story, I assume. 

However I do know the drama it brings onto the desk, the mess, the chaos, the instability, the disgrace. There have been so many feelings, a lot ache, however sure, a lot love as nicely. As somebody that grew up in a dramatic setting and confronted traumas all through most of my teenage and early grownup life, I could not put myself on that rollercoaster journey once more. I needed a traditional drama-free life, so I left the connection and I married a buddy. Af is the buddy, a accomplice, and somebody I can depend on 24/7.


This was a transparent alternative. I nonetheless really feel it’s the most practical and rational alternative that I made for the life that I wanted. I realized that I do not really want one thing epic, one thing large, one thing that shines throughout the universe, I would like simply the essential issues. So what if I needed to cope with the heartbreak? Life is layers of heartbreaks, it’s meant to be painful, and bitter. Love does not essentially imply to personal. Why I did not select the opposite love? As a result of at that age, throughout that section, I do know I would break. Now I am older, I see life with a much wider view, the painful wounds of traumatic household dramas are principally healed, and I’ve made peace with numerous turbulence in my life. I wanted the therapeutic time. 

As Thom Yorke mentioned in this: “I’ll see you within the subsequent life.” 

And sure, in order that’s my tackle ache of the unrequited love. Wait, did I get to the purpose but? 

Okay, so life is painful, cannot keep away from it, choose your journey, and be able to really feel stuff. It is all the time a alternative, do not be scared to make one and attempt to benefit from the journey. Fall in love, fall out of affection, really feel the ache, really feel the heartbreaks, that is life. You do not have to decide on the intense method of avoiding all of the issues that make life vibrant, however you’ll be able to select to choose your colors. 

Word: I have never learn any authentic works by Schopenhauer, however I compiled this primarily based on my readings from articles/books and compilations written and compiled by others. So I am making assumptions primarily based on others’ assumptions after studying him. Hihi :F

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