Schopenhauer

03.24.2017

Key Democratic Officials Now Warning Base Not to Expect Evidence of Trump/Russia Collusion

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The advice here given is on a par with a rule recommended by Pythagoras,—to review, every night before going to sleep, what we have done during the day. To live at random, in the hurly-burly of business or pleasure, without ever reflecting upon the past,—to go on, as it were, pulling cotton off the reel of life,—is to have no clear idea of what we are about; and a man who lives in this state will have chaos in his emotions and certain confusion in his thoughts; as is soon manifest by the abrupt and fragmentary character of his conversation, which becomes a kind of mincemeat. A man will be all the more exposed to this fate in proportion as he lives a restless life in the world, amid a crowd of various impressions and with a correspondingly small amount of activity on the part of his own mind.

And in this connection it will be in place to observe that, when events and circumstances which have influenced us pass away in the course of time, we are unable to bring back and renew the particular mood or state of feeling which they aroused in us: but we can remember what we were led to say and do in regard to them; and thus form, as it were, the result, expression and measure of those events. We should, therefore, be careful to preserve the memory of our thoughts at important points in our life; and herein lies the great advantage of keeping a journal.

-Arthur Schopenauer
Counsels and Maxims (1851)

Schopenhauer – Counsels and Maxims
http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/10715/pg10715-images.html

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March 23, 2017
THE UNITED STATES OF COGNITIVE DISSONANCE

My new vagina almost ruined my partner’s penis

The Big Lie About the Libyan War
The Obama administration said it was just trying to protect civilians. Its actions reveal it was looking for regime change.

“I can’t recall any specific decision that said, ‘Well, let’s just take him out,’” Mr. Gates said. Publicly, he said, “the fiction was maintained” that the goal was limited to disabling Colonel Qaddafi’s command and control. In fact, the former defense secretary said, “I don’t think there was a day that passed that people didn’t hope he would be in one of those command and control centers.”

This is scarcely believable. Given that decapitation strikes against Qaddafi were employed early and often, there almost certainly was a decision by the civilian heads of government of the NATO coalition to “take him out” from the very beginning of the intervention.

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Fighting Outrage Porn Addiction
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Big Steel Is the New Solyndra
There is nothing subtle about the Trump administration’s pro-steel bent.
By KRISTOFER L. HARRISON • March 23, 2017

 

The Multibillion-Dollar U.S. Spy Agency You Haven’t Heard of

In 2016, unbeknownst to many city officials, police in Baltimore began conducting persistent aerial surveillance using a system developed for military use in Iraq. Few civilians have any idea how advanced these military eye-in-the-sky drones have become.Few civilians have any idea how advanced these military eye-in-the-sky drones have become. Among them is ARGUS-IS, the world’s highest-resolution camera with 1.8 billion pixels. Invisible from the ground at nearly four miles in the air, it uses a technology known as “persistent stare” — the equivalent of 100 Predator drones peering down at a medium-size city at once — to track everything that moves.

Hindsight is never 20/20.

http://nextdraft.com/archives/n20150209/hindsight-is-never-2020/

http://nonsenseatwork.com/472-hindsight-is-never-2020/

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14 thoughts on “Schopenhauer

  1. not sure how a journal ever helped, anything. but if a.s. says it, it must be true. i guess…

  2. Yeah, Schopenhauer is famous for basically saying that life is essentially a negative experience where as time passes you lose everything: your health, your friends/family, things that you love, and then you die. Probably should be credited with the pithy “life sucks and then you die”.

  3. as old “schop” wrote and published that in 1851, it’s a fair bet he’s no longer around to call or write to for advice. i think it’s sound advice, and i may start a journal for the purpose he stated.

  4. “As a reliable compass for orientating yourself in life nothing is more useful than to accustom yourself to regarding this world as a place of atonement, a sort of penal colony. When you have done this you will order your expectations of life according to the nature of things and no longer regard the calamities, sufferings, torments and miseries of life as something irregular and not to be expected but will find them entirely in order, well knowing that each of us is here being punished for his existence and each in his own particular way. This outlook will enable us to view the so-called imperfections of the majority of men, i.e., their moral and intellectual shortcomings and the facial appearance resulting therefrom, without surprise and certainly without indignation: for we shall always bear in mind where we are and consequently regard every man first and foremost as a being who exists only as a consequence of his culpability and whose life is an expiation of the crime of being born.”~Arthur Schopenhauer, On the Suffering of the World

  5. This world is the battle-ground of tormented and agonized beings who continue to exist only by each devouring the other. Therefore, every beast of prey in it is the living grave of thousands of others, and its self-maintenance is a chain of torturing deaths.

    -Arthur Schopenhauer, The World as Will and Representation

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