posted on Dec, 3 2012 @ 12:18 PM
On the topic of desire, Nietzsche is a great read. Though, when reading Nietzsche make sure to pick the bones and not swallow the carcass whole.
Beyond Good and Evil
is brilliant, though overly pessimistic in my opinion. Some
notable observations on human desire from BGaE,
Psychologists should bethink themselves before putting down the instinct of self-preservation as the cardinal instinct of an organic being. A
living thing seeks above all to DISCHARGE its strength—life itself is WILL TO POWER; self-preservation is only one of the indirect and most frequent
One loves ultimately one's desires, not the thing desired.
What? A great man? I always see merely the play-actor of his own ideal.
Our vanity would like what we do best to pass precisely for what is most difficult to us.—Concerning the origin of many systems of
As for the notion that we are just material creatures with intellects consisting of chemical reactions, Schopenhauer took a different approach by
making the will the true substance and the material world a "representation". As a society it seems we have settled on the notion that the world
exists materially and objectively. It's a good exercise to review the alternative philosophies put forward to help us realize that what we have
collectively settled on is not without detractors, many of them brilliant. Schopenhauer's main work can be found
and a good summary of his beliefs can be found
. I would take more time to defend his ideas (not that they're right, only that they
deserve defense), but I've only just started reading his book.
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