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Old 07-19-2016   #1
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Good advice for Pessimists and Antinatalists

Pessimism, depression and meaning
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Re: Good advice for Pessimists and Antinatalists

I personally don't know any pessimists who don't follow this advice.

Even Cioran smiled and laughed.

This is my life. This is my damnation. This is my only regret--that I ever was born.

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Re: Good advice for Pessimists and Antinatalists

Here I thought this thread would be about pessimists advising other pessimists how to become more pessimistic or how to avoid optimists

The advices of smiling more, be happy, joining pessimistic FB, sharing ironic jokes are alright, though I'm not sure if I care to be happy.

Whenever I know I am happy, I've the feeling of being duped. Though I know being unhappy doesn't make me any wiser to the unreality of things, unhappiness is like a falling tooth I love to pull on.

"So in the end it remains advisable to accept whatever comes, to behave like an inert mass even if one feels oneself being swept away, not to be lured into a single unneccesary step, to regard others with the gaze of an animal, to feel no remorse, in short to crush with one's own hand any ghost of life that subsists, that is, to intensify the final quiet of the grave still further and let nothing beyond that endure." ---Franz Kafka, Resolutions
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Re: Good advice for Pessimists and Antinatalists

I agree there's nothing revelatory in the piece, but I thought it was clear, well-written and compassionate.

Of course if you have Despair lodged deep in your soul, nothing will move that, but I thought it a good statement on its own terms.
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Re: Good advice for Pessimists and Antinatalists

This seems like good, common sense advice from Irina. If it's all the same ####, then why not be happy? When I'm in a good mood, or things have actually gone my way on something, then I can share this attitude.

But I usually don't. The reason seems complex, almost beyond understanding, and incurable.

But thanks for the link. At least she doesn't dot the "i" in her name with a happy face.

Put your faith in God; he won't expect you.
Put your faith in death, because it's free.
If you believe in nothing, honey, it believes in you.
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