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Oblivion

A drug called Spice has become very popular among the homeless and incarcerated in the UK. It has the attractive property of rendering those who consume it unconscious. A recent article in The Guardian newspaper carried multiple photographs of homeless people lay unconscious in the street while the rest of society just walked past. In the comments section, someone who had clearly never done...

Compassion for Self

Here we are, thrust into an existence we do not understand, and with a death sentence hanging over our heads. For most of us, the will-to-life is tyrannical, causing us to strive to maintain our existence at almost any cost. This is the cause of anxiety and much suffering – a “vale of tears” as it is called in the Bible. This is not an exercise in self-pity, but just an objective statement...

The Hubris of Science

Hubris – Excessive pride or self-confidence. I don’t think I have ever witnessed greater hubris, bigotry and contempt for other people’s opinions than that displayed by some of our so-called rationalist scientists. Laurence Krauss and Richard Dawkins come to mind. They leave the religious bigots in the shade. I’m an ex-scientist, having studied theoretical physics for my...

Nothing to Do

There are three classes of doing. The first one consists of all the things we feel we need to do to continue with our existence – get money, eat food, establish a social context (maybe), protect ourselves from the elements, go to the doctor when not well, and so on. In reality, these things will happen anyway – no real effort is needed on your part, your will-to-life will look after...

Home Alone

Whether being alone is heaven or hell depends entirely on what you find within yourself when alone. For the majority of people being alone is quite unbearable, and they will indulge in almost any activity to avoid it. I deliberately use the word aloneness instead of loneliness because the two are quite different. Loneliness is a condition where we are starved of almost all contact with other...

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...

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There is nothing wrong with a world that cannot offer any sort of satisfaction, and we can only experience satisfaction once we realize there is no satisfaction to be had - anywhere.

Does life seem hollow and futile? Well of course it is. How could the impermanent be anything else?

men are by nature envious, that is, they rejoice at the weakness of their fellows and are pained at their accomplishments. #Spinoza

everyone is eager to tell of his exploits and to boast of his strength both of body and mind, and for this reason men bore one another #Spinoza

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