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  • 2012-07-23 @ 23:02:03

    im not sure if this philosopher lived outside of the world blessed with the idea of evolution, but it would most certainly seem that way. the problem with people who don’t perceive recurring unrest (also known as instinctual curiosity or desire to become god – which is more like the alfa male/ female) as a survival mechanism and the very reason we are here living like we do amongst all this richness, then there is certainly room for pessimism to take hold. of course, people have every right to have feel dampened or to have no drive in this world, or feel incompetent (I feel at least an inkling almost every day) but its mainly due to the way in which we live, and the fact that not everyone can be the pioneer of hitherto unknown miracles of human achievement, to which we are celebrated with fame, love and stupendous wealth. there has to be rubbish men, floor cleaners and checkout attendants. but it is true, life incurs suffering, and whether you win the lotto or severe a limb, in about 2 years you will feel the exact same happiness, (quite consoling actually) but what could be worse then having not sat up from the mud from whence you came? although it is almost physical impossible to in fact ‘live like theres no tomorrow’ (Jobs was probably a notable exception) you should still attempt to appreciate that which has made you possible. hence, i conclude that even if you choose to do nothing, as it is hypothetically pointless, you can’t deny your instinctual desires – to survive, to eat, to be comfort, to belong and to prosper – and if you do, then depression will surely be the result. we should stop throwing ourselves at pursuing happiness, and rather learn to be ‘productively unhappy’ – as there is no other alternative.

    The Universe As Will: Schopenhauer’s Pessimism