Entertaining video on antinatalism. I was even tempted to put this post in the 'Funny' category.
Guess I'll throw in a couple of not so funny quotes, because why not :)
"That Man is the product of causes which had no prevision of the end they were achieving; that his origin, his growth, his hopes and fears, his loves and his beliefs, are but the outcome of accidental collocations of atoms; that no fire, no heroism, no intensity of thought and feeling, can preserve an individual life beyond the grave; that all the labours of the ages, all the devotion, all the inspiration, all the noonday brightness of human genius, are destined to extinction in the vast death of the solar system, and that the whole temple of Man’s achievement must inevitably be buried beneath the débris of a universe in ruins—all these things, if not quite beyond dispute, are yet so nearly certain, that no philosophy which rejects them can hope to stand. Only within the scaffolding of these truths, only on the firm foundation of unyielding despair, can the soul’s habitation henceforth be safely built."
~ Bertrand Russell, Free Man's Worship
"Wells began what he described as his ‘esoteric Memoir’ by confessing an inner contradiction:
For forty years I have been investing money, building houses, making gardens, providing for children and grandchildren, with the completest practical indifference to the ultimate doom that my intelligence realizes is gathering over them. Plainly the human animal, of which I am a sample, is not constituted to anticipate anything at all. It is constituted to accept the state of affairs about it, as a stable state of affairs, whatever its intelligence may tell it to the contrary."
~ The Immortalization Commission: The Strange Quest to Cheat Death (John Gray)
I wonder when will I stop expecting life to straighten up and start behaving, as in making me pleasantly surprised, satisfied, pleased and such. As Schopenhauer figured out long time ago, the key to happiness is having low expectations. But on the other hand, low expectations is like dying when you're still alive, it raises the question of the point of such existence continuing. Gotta imagine Sysiphus happy, eh? Love the pointless struggle? Neh, can't do it. Well, tough luck for me)))
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