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So he had a lot to say about many other fields and certainly a lot to say about life itself and about existence and about death and what that meant and how did one deal with the schopenhauer cure.

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However, when he came to deal with his relationships with people, or the relationships between people, or the relationships between men and women, or his views about women, then perhaps I don't think we can treat him as a sage.

I think the schopenhauer cure was too much coloured by his own personal problems.


It's hard the schopenhauer cure to separate it all out. Which bits are we going to believe, which bits are we going to feel critical about? Sure, with some it's a lot easier.

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You can certainly take Einstein's mathematical relativity discoveries and not worry the schopenhauer cure much about, say, his relationships with others or his relationship with women; they're kind of irrelevant to the great work that he did in these fields.

But with a person who's working with life, trying to teach people about life, then it's a much more complicated question. Schopenhauer was also responsible for introducing the ideas of Buddhism and attachment into western philosophy.

I think that he did. He was reading Buddhism as much as he was ancient Hindu but they were very similar, and one of the conclusions He never practised meditation as such but there was a kind of meditation he practised in the schopenhauer cure.

He played the flute, according to his biographers, at least an hour a day, sometimes two, three the schopenhauer cure a day, and I think he would have followed some of the Buddhist conclusions very closely, that life is suffering But that the schopenhauer cure lead to a rather detached life.

It may have served Schopenhauer very well.

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It may be quite appropriate for people whose life is And maybe it was more relevant for the Buddhist's time when all around him there was famine and such great poverty, but for many people Is it the schopenhauer cure, as Schopenhauer said, that if you knock on a tombstone at night and were able to talk to the the schopenhauer cure, would they all say they would refuse to live again if offered the chance?

People began to raise that as a subject of discussion in the group. Well, you don't know what the alternative is, do you?


So you don't really know how you'd answer that. Suppose they had Nietzsche's choice. Nietzsche had this idea of eternal recurrence; suppose you could live the exact same life over and over the schopenhauer cure over again, would you choose to do it?

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Where everything was the same in your life That was The schopenhauer cure great idea, the thought that It's a thought experiment, although Nietzsche had some ideas earlier on as he wrote it that maybe it was something that could actually happen, you know, if time is infinite and matter is finite, these things would naturally occur in some sequence that would be similar again.

But forgetting that, just think of it as a thought experience, an idea that I've often used in my the schopenhauer cure with patients.


If you could live the exact same life over and over again, would you choose to do it? My character, Julius, thought about that, and that was one of the conclusions he reached, that yes, he was living the schopenhauer cure life right, he would live it in the exact same way.

Schopenhauer, no, he would not, and maybe it was because he was so uncomfortable in his life, that he was swamped with so much anxiety for all of his life. From the very beginning he was a very anxious and unhappy child, maybe partly because of what was going on in his the schopenhauer cure life and maybe partly because of what was going on in the genetics of his brain.

You have, I the schopenhauer cure, Schopenhauer's psychobiography interspersed in this novel in different chapters.

We meet his family and we meet him, and we meet his journey, I suppose, throughout life, which is a kind the schopenhauer cure a reflection of this character Philip, but what you're saying though I the schopenhauer cure is you're eschewing the Buddhistic idea, you're eschewing detachment, you're eschewing Schopenhauer's idea of taking himself away from the world because you're saying that we have to grapple with each other and ourselves in order to live meaningful lives.

Well, they're open questions, and again I think that some people say; well, is life that bad?

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