Essay about Life is Suffering
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In Studies in Pessimism, Schopenhauer argues that suffering is intrinsic to human existence; that by nature we will experience suffering regardless of how we live our lives. Similar to Epictetus’ view, Schopenhauer states that the only way to minimize the amount of suffering one feels is by living a life of pure reason. This paper will examine both Schopenhauer’s characterization of human suffering and his recommendations for how to best live our lives. It will then argue that while his characterizations are generally sound, his recommendations are not because they alienate us from our emotions. Schopenhauer states that human life is full of suffering because we lead desire driven lives. We want things that unintentionally make us…show more content…
Man can never be free of suffering because his very nature is the cause of his suffering. A life of emotions and worldly desires, led by reason alone would be free of suffering. Complete freedom from these concepts however is only possible through non-existence making it impossible to achieve while alive. Schopenhauer did not devote the majority of his work convincing one to end their life but instead promoted methods to reduce suffering. His recommendations were generally stoic in nature, convincing one to abandon emotion and “give play to the intellect alone” (11). This would detach one from the emotional element of existence both in terms of material desires and relationships. He then furthers this recommendation by suggesting that one should “turn tum his back upon the world” and “regard this world as a penitentiary, a sort of penal colony” (5). One should cast off emotion as much as possible, including hope because suffering will ultimately follow. To stop looking upon life’s disappointments “great and small, its sufferings, its worries, its misery, as anything unusual or irregular” is to alleviate suffering in one’s lifetime (5). Schopenhauer’s characterization of the world appears to be sound, and for the most part I agree with it. Experience has shown that the world is full of
Life Or Death Essay
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We are all aware of death, and we know it will come to us all. To many of us death brings a chill down our spine ridden with fear, but to others it is ridden with strength and satisfaction of accomplishment. Fortunately or unfortunately we are all condemned to death. However no one knows when exactly the inevitable will approach, but we all know it is inescapable. But what makes death seem more realistic to us and those in denial of it is the lucid pictures of people suffering, in pain and those on their death bed before many of us can be rationale and accept the truth. Someone once said, “Life is about 50-70 years of pain. One is born through the mother’s pain and die leaving others in pain.'; How do we accept and…show more content…
This increase of love allows our mind to feel some sort of satisfaction that good can come out of praying and if one was to die, our faith would tell us that we did our best. In other words, our love towards our faith tends to be one of the strongest lifelines we can posses to reduce the guilt and pain of those around us who are suffering.
For many of us who are in a relationship either by marriage or simply as mates can relate to the feelings they are exhibited within and around one when they are with or simply thinking about our mates. This feeling of security and belonging tends to increase our love towards each other, especially during times of pain and death. We begin to see the world of insecurity and being alone, a world of being abandoned and feeling useless. There are those who don’t posses a “soul mate';, and nonetheless they too feel an increase of love; the love of having a mate of being wanted and loved, and the feeling of not being alone.
As parents or parents to be, whether within months or years, we all as humans strive for one goal at the end; to raise our children the best we can and the best they can be. If and when the time comes for us as parents and humans to pass on, and if we leave our children here, without a sense of accomplishment and