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The Algebra of Life

This is more salvage from Corporeal Fantasy. I assume many people here will have seen it before. Download the PDF. These are the best answers I have found to perennial questions that haunt many people. Why is there suffering? What am I? What is my purpose? How do I attain freedom? What happens after death? What is a good life? The reasoning you are about to hear is not my own, although the...

The Last Messiah

This was originally posted on the Corporeal Fantasy web site. I will be salvaging what is on there as it winds down and is eventually closed down next year. The Last Messiah In 1933 Peter Wessel Zapffe (a Norwegian) wrote a seminal piece called The Last Messiah. Unlike the children’s tales he wrote to make a living, The Last Messiah is seen as a pessimistic appraisal of man’s...

Why?

Do you ever question why you read this kind of thing? What is it that drives you to leave the comfort of endless distractions to contemplate hard reality? So let’s state our predicament as briefly as possible. The great thinkers of ages (Buddha, Spinoza, Schopenhauer) all claim we are desire. We do not desire; we are desire. Spinoza says the essence of man is desire. Schopenhauer says our...

Unbearable Freedom

Freedom is simply lack of constraint. If we had no constraints placed upon us, either physical or psychological, then most of us would consider ourselves to be largely free. In reality we do have physical constraints. We cannot fly unaided, we cannot move from any A to B in an instant – and so on. But these things are minor compared with psychological freedom. Most of us are burdened with...

The Purpose of Life is Unhappiness

In his great work “The World as Will and Representation” Schopenhauer summarizes his whole effort with a chapter called “The Road to Salvation”. It sounds a bit Biblical, but there are some great truths hidden in this gem. He starts his attack with the following quote: There is only one inborn error, and that is the notion that we exist in order to be happy. Happiness is the absence of pain and...

Pulling Legs off Spiders

You should always be suspicious of anyone portraying themselves as a paragon of virtue. We all like to be seen as kind, considerate, generous, polite, helpful, and so on, but we know what we really are – self-seeking beasts who will use any amount of deception to get what we want. Of course, we judge our beast since society needs us to be well-behaved, passive recipients of whatever the...

The Joy of Schadenfreude

Schadenfreude – Pleasure derived by someone from another person’s misfortune. Oxford English Dictionary. Christopher Hitchens was once asked what the purpose of life was. He replied that it was to crow over other people’s misfortunes – in other words experience schadenfreude. This word of German origin has two parts – schaden (harm), and freude (joy) – to derive joy from...

Ass Kissing and Venom Spitting

How many times a day do you kiss ass? Probably more than you might want to admit. We kiss ass when we believe that someone has something that will enhance our power in life. There is a trade-off. By kissing ass, we diminish our power to make the one whose ass we kiss feel more powerful. If you are diminished I am stronger – and vica versa. Ass kissing can take many forms. Disciples can kiss...

Happiness Police

Even as a child I would wonder why it was so important to smile on photographs. Why wasn’t my everyday expression acceptable? Why did we have to pretend to the world that we were the happiest family on planet Earth? And then when I got older, and particularly when I was at university, it became mandatory to have a “good time” with alcohol and to feign immeasurable happiness. In married life, it...

Idealism versus Realism

Idealism says all things we know exist in mind. Realism says that things are made from matter and are exactly as we experience them. There are shades of grey. The realism I mention is really called naive realism, since it makes the naive assumption that things are as we see them. This is easily refuted. Do railway tracks really meet in the distance? When we see the moon in a lake at night, is the...

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