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The Grim Reaper Says “Hi”

I saw a letter from an Italian doctor, published in a UK newspaper, explaining what was coming to the UK – Coronavirus specifically. One of the things he mentioned was a stronger than usual awareness of mortality, and with it a pressing need to understand the meaning of it all. And this is how it is for most people. While life presents no existential threats we walk around in a daydream and...

Aphorisms to Entertain – Until They Don’t

Ambition is always dangerous territory, but spiritual ambition – enlightenment, moksha, salvation, nirvana – is the most dangerous of all. As far as emotional states are concerned, don’t fix – feel. As long as we strive we will suffer. Be silent you know nothing. Because you believe that you know, you cannot experience the wonder and mystery of existence. By craving freedom, you...

The Particular

The world is comprised of particular things – lots of them, and this is where the richness of existence is – in the particular. But since we possess the ability to form concepts so we categorize things such that they can be grouped. As a result, we speak of “people” – a category that enables us to consider billions of individual human beings in a single word, but at...

Phony

We all know those cheap t-shirts and jeans are produced in sweatshops where people might work 15 hours a day for just a few dollars. And we are also aware that the “people” might be kids. But we conveniently push this to the back of our minds as we grab a handful of clothes we don’t need and buy just because they are cheap – feeding the abuse of millions of workers. Such...

Action Reveals Character

It is Schopenhauer’s assertion that we are manifestations of will. Spinoza said the same thing in different words – the essence of man is desire. The will-to-life that manifests in all living creatures is a force in the same way that gravity is a force. It is impersonal, unconscionable and unconscious. So the massive suffering it causes through the generation of billions of competing creatures is...

Hollowness and Futility

For any Spinoza fans out there I’ve decided to have a Spinoza only Patreon channel. Here, as a giveaway, is the first article and podcast. The very first sentence, in the very first of Spinoza’s published works, “Treatise on the Emendation of the Intellect”, goes as follows: After experience had taught me the hollowness and futility of everything that is ordinarily encountered in daily life...

7 Axioms of Human Existence

You will do everything within your power to ensure your existence – this is the cause of all your suffering When you are stronger others are weaker. When you are weak others are stronger. The basis of almost all human interaction. Reality is too brutal to be seen for what it is – and so you will deny and distract yourself from its seeming futility. Knowledge that affirms is self...

On Being Destroyed

The constant churn of things means nature both creates and destroys. Most people like to focus on the “create” bit of the cycle, since like all creatures we are driven to maintain our existence, and creation serves that purpose more than destruction. But if we are to ever get beyond the one-sided, neurotic view of existence, then we need to firmly embrace the notion of destruction so...

Some Aphorisms

You can always not care. And even if you do care you can “not care” that you care. If you think you are something you will be afraid of becoming nothing. As long as we strive we will suffer. It doesn’t matter what good intentions, ideals and flights of fancy you entertain, the body will always overrule. The world is built on lies. If you always remember this, very little will take you by surprise...

Who Controls the Controller?

If you happen to be a fairly normal human being you will have a voice in your head that is given the label “me”. This voice generally speaks in your native language and flatters itself with the belief that it directs the actions you take, and even what you think. Above all, this voice believes that it controls what you do – control is its big thing. To suggest that it...

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Spare a thought for the optimists - the poor hyped up little fuckers that invite disappointment through their greedy unrealistic expectations.

Phew - for a minute I’d forgotten that it’s all empty and futile, and I was going to do something with an expectation of fulfillment. Now I’ve remembered I don’t want to do it - yippee. Where’s the donuts?

Based on all the evidence any higher power must be convicted of being malicious. Even indifference could not produce a species that strived with all its being to persist in its existence knowing all the time that the effort could prove futile at any moment.

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