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# 276

# 276 We are lost in randomness and abyss. If our reason were declared forfeit, the will is what would remain, and self-destruction would soon follow. Therefore I advise you to surrender and cease to will: renounce all passions and... Continue Reading →

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#215

215. Life is meaningless and pointless if you decide it to be so. It is up to you, in other words. This may seem strange, since I regard the belief in free will to be a delusion. But truth is... Continue Reading →

#283

283. "Do you want to walk along? Or walk ahead? Or walk by yourself? One must know what one wants and that one wants." (Twilight of the Idols #41) But I must walk ahead. My happiness, my greatness, and the... Continue Reading →

Ethics

Alexander Gesswein's first work of philosophy, Ethics, is available to buy in print at Amazon - click here to purchase a copy in paperback. You can buy a copy for your Kindle also - click here to purchase your copy... Continue Reading →

# 216

216. One's ability to choose without compulsion is dependent on one's being free of a certain degree of suffering. The suffering in the world has surpassed this degree. Thus, the Christian cannot claim that God's aim through the creation of... Continue Reading →

Wittgenstein 1947

"The true apocalyptic view of the world is that things do not repeat themselves. It isn't absurd, e.g., to believe that the age of science and technology is the beginning of the end for humanity; that the idea of great... Continue Reading →

Lord Byron’s Don Juan, Canto I

“Sweet is old wine in bottles, ale in barrels; Dear is the helpless creature we defend Against the world; and dear the schoolboy spot We ne’er forget, though there we are forgot. But sweeter still than this, than these, than... Continue Reading →

Spinoza

“Men are so firmly convinced that the body moves and stops moving at the mind’s command, and that it does a great many things that depend only on the mind’s will and its skill in thinking. This firm conviction is... Continue Reading →

Observe the Nature of all Objects of Sense

"Our mental powers should enable us to perceive the swiftness with which all things vanish away...

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