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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Leaving aside the appalling rubbish about women, which to be fair is probably based on the bigoted twaddle prevalent at the time, no excuse!

I immediately ordered it off Amazon and thought it would be a soothing Buddhist style comfort imploring me to accept the influx of pain and suffering in reality.

If the brute is free from care, it is also, in this sense, schhopenhauer hope; in either case, because its consciousness is limited to the present moment, to what it can actually see before it. In this essay he shares with us such snippets of his enlightened thought process as ‘One needs suvferings to see the way that she [women] is built to realise that she is not intended for great physical or great mental labour,’ and, ‘What there ought to be are housewives and girls who hope to become housewives.

Still, despite the fact that I’m not one for metaphysics per se, a little bit of Schopenhauer negation is good to know.

Studies in Pessimism, by Arthur Schopenhauer

For it is this which principally hinders us from reflecting upon ourselves and which makes us insensibly ruin ourselves. The final essay in the collection was overall an interesting one on reading and writing. This it does by forming a gradation of phenomena, every one of which exists at the expense of another.

The spirit of the New Testament is undoubtedly asceticism, however your protestants and rationalists may twist it to suit their purpose. The pleasure in this world, it has been said, outweighs the pain; or, at any rate, there is an even balance between the two. In fact, the conviction that the world and man is something that had better not have been, is of a kind to fill us with indulgence towards one another. And I may say, further, that a certain amount of care or pain or trouble is necessary for every man at all times.


This work was published before January 1,and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least years ago. It is absurd to look upon the enormous amount of pain that abounds everywhere in the world, and originates in needs and necessities inseparable from life itself, as serving no purpose at all and the result of mere chance.

All is vanity, life is short and joy is fleeting.

The Suffering of the World

Ultimately, and long before I reached the back cover, I found myself having grown weary of suffeeings presence which felt somehow exuded from the pages. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

And oon I see how man misuses the dog, his best friend; how he ties up this intelligent animal with a chain, I feel the deepest sympathy with the brute and burning indignation against its master. And I was also now suddenly blind.

Then I could sense a lot of people standing over me, peering down at me, and I could hear them making sounds like “oooooh. Toch laat deze bloemlezing ook zien dat Schopenhauer zeer literair begaafd was.

According to the doctrines of Buddhismthe world came into being as the result of some inexplicable disturbance in the heavenly calm of Nirvana, that blessed state obtained by expiation, which had endured so long a time — the change taking place by a kind of fatality.

Yhe is a form of suffering unknown to sufgerings, 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.

At the same time it is candid in confessing that a man must turn his back upon the world, and that the denial of the will to live is the way of redemption.

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 xchopenhauer miserable, and that its end is death. How much significance there is in these two ways of finding comfort in death. Schopenhauer tells us that. In its outrageousness, it makes for very compelling reading.


If he has a soul above the common, or if he is a man of genius, he will occasionally feel like some noble prisoner of state, condemned to work in the galleys with common criminals; and he will follow his example and try to isolate himself.

On the Suffering of the World by Arthur Schopenhauer

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I was desperate to know what had happened and what was going on with me. That is what those rascals of sham philosophers will do for you. But whatever the real reason was, he if now telling me that all my work for the past nine to twelve months was completely for naught.

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Jul 30, Ben marked it as to-read. Although the book failed to sell, his belief in his own views sustained him through twenty-five years of frustrated desire for fame. Just imagine the twitter storm if he’d tweeted this: Allied with this is the contrast between the Greek and the Christian idea of death.

In the one case with the exception, it must be confessed, of Platothe object of ethics is to enable a man to lead a happy life; in the other, it is to free and redeem him from life altogether — as is directly stated in the very first words of the Sankhya Karika.

Dec 25, Morgan Yew rated it did not like it Shelves: In the same way, too, evil presses upon the brute only with its own intrinsic artnur whereas with us the fear of its surferings often makes its burden ten times more grievous.