The Negative Philosophy

I once knew a man who meditated for two hours every day over a thirty-year period. I asked him what he had achieved. He replied, “Nothing – it was a complete success. “

Deconstruction of concept and reactive behavior is the dominant topic of the Negative Philosophy. By the time we reach thirty years of age most of us are fully conditioned. This conditioning does not have to fit well with our own inclinations, but generally speaking, it must fit well with society’s requirements. As a result, many people are unhappy as their learned behavior conflicts with their natural desires. Getting back to our real nature is not so easy. Many erroneous concepts have to be destroyed – concepts such as morality, good, evil, purpose, meaning, free will – and so on. In addition to this, we have to moderate our continual reactive behavior mostly manifested through the emotions. Without this deconstruction of learned behaviors and erroneous concepts, there is no way back to our natural state. Instead, we live the unhappy life of a phony. The vast majority of people choose the latter since challenging it is disruptive and can be unsettling. In any case, there are no guarantees – the slumber of the phony does have its benefits.

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My waking state gives me a picture of the world that is optimized for survival, and nothing else. There is no “truth” in it.

Is there a pessimism of strength? An intellectual preference for the hard, gruesome, malevolent, and problematic aspects of existence. - Nietzsche

Is pessimism necessarily a sign of decline, decay, malformation, of tired and debilitated instincts - as was the case amongst the Indians and appears to be the case amongst us 'modern men' and Europeans? - Nietzsche

The fucking optimists have destroyed the only things that are beautiful in this life - its pathos and tragedy.

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