“Loneliness is the human condition. Cultivate it. The way it tunnels into you allows your soul room to grow. Never expect to outgrow loneliness. Never hope to find people who will understand you, someone to fill that space. An intelligent, sensitive person is the exception, the very great exception. If you expect to find people who will understand you, you will grow murderous with disappointment. The best you’ll ever do is to understand yourself, know what it is that you want, and not let the cattle stand in your way.”
Janet Fitch, White Oleander
I’ve been doing so well that a slight pang of loneliness tripped me up today. I was so dissapointed in myself for feeling something other than bliss. But it’s important to remember that beating yourself up can never help. That everything passes and that feeling something other than happiness is not a sign of weakness. Schopenhauer understood that contentment is not the human condition and that we should not believe man is “supposed to be happy”, we are not supposed to be anything but to be in the world we were thrown into. I am lucky that 99% of my days are absolutely joyous, this 1 day I will consider as a reminder of the crazy, random, variety of human existence.
“Perhaps the best way to describe the diminishing interest in philosophy among the intellectuals is to say that the infinite is losing its charm.
We are becoming commonsensical finitists – people who believe that when we die we rot, that each generation will solve old problems only by creating new ones, that our descendants will look back on much that we have done with incredulous contempt, and that progress toward greater justice and freedom is neither inevitable nor impossible.
We are becoming content to see ourselves as a species of animal that makes itself up as it goes along.
Richard Rorty, Philosophy as Cultural Politics
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
The above quote from Confucius can apply to so many things: thinking, art, design, science, fashion, decorating…
It reminds me of the Einstein quote: “Any fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius-and a lot of courage-to move in the opposite direction.”
It also reaffirms my opinion of unnecessarily dense philosophical texts.
“A man’s behavior is unwittingly noble if he has grown accustomed never to want anything from men, and always to give to them.”