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Spinoza on Desire

A raw unconscious drive is at the heart of all sentient creatures. Schopenhauer called it the will-to-life, where as Spinoza used a more ancient term – the conatus. For both these philosophers this drive was at the root of existence itself, although they had different takes on it. For Schopenhauer it was wholly lamentable, being the cause of great suffering. For Spinoza, it was simply...

Spinoza – Might is Right

Thus the natural right of every man is determined not by sound reason, but by his desire and his power. For not all men are naturally determined to act in accordance with the rules and laws of reason. On the contrary, all men are born in a state of complete ignorance, and before they can learn the true way of life and acquire a virtuous disposition, even if they have been well brought up, a great...

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...

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...

Spinoza – Existence Without Purpose

The quote below is from Spinoza’s Ethics, Part 4. For those unfamiliar with the term, “final cause” refers to the purpose for which something is done – the end goal. Spinoza is saying quite clearly here that Nature, or God, has no final cause. There is no purpose to be found in existence other than existence itself. All Spinoza is difficult, and the quote below is one of...

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...

Spinoza on Superstition

Spinoza was thrown out of the Amsterdam Jewish community, was almost assassinated, and some of his works could not be published during his lifetime. This mild-mannered man had the most uncompromising of attitudes when it came to his philosophical works, and this is demonstrated very well in his Theological-Political Treatise. He starts this work by claiming that people would never bother...

The Curse of Remorse

Guilt, remorse, and repentance are a curse on humanity and very useful tools for those who might want to control us. The three words tend to be used interchangeably and dictionary definitions often use one to describe the other. The feeling that we have done wrong can eat away at us and is often counterproductive. We just have to consider the drug addict who is full of remorse about his habit...

The Task

A free podcast on this article can be found on the Patreon channel. We tend to forget that experience depends on a perceiving subject and objects that can be perceived. During the waking hours we have experiences, but when the brain largely shuts down at night the subject and perceived objects disappear and we experience very little. The subject, the thing that experiences, is a product of the...

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It’s easy to prove that Schopenhauer is correct in saying that this is the worst of all possible worlds. The fact that a percentage of human beings commit suicide indicates that we are… https://t.co/vlckEWtjrb

“I do not attribute to nature either beauty or deformity, order or confusion. Only in relation to our imagination can things be called beautiful or ugly, well-ordered or confused.” Spinoza… https://t.co/msjblc5mVX

This world is the will to power—and nothing besides! And you yourselves are also this will to power—and nothing besides!”
Friedrich Nietzsche, The Will to Power #power #nietzsche… https://t.co/ip7jpaSKyI

“Emotion, which is suffering, ceases to be suffering as soon as we form a clear and precise picture of it.”
― Baruch Spinoza, Ethics https://t.co/uBAjDcySbi

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