The Task

“Man in general… is already in the wrong in so far as he exists and is man,” wrote Schopenhauer, “Consequently it is wholly in keeping with this that each individual human being…. also finds himself generally in the wrong when he surveys his life. His task is to see it not in general but in his own life.”

His task as seen by the philosopher, by all means, but if you expect the average man to see this as his task, then don’t hold your breath. The main business of human life being deceit of oneself and others, what one does with such a task has to be to disguise the innate being-in-the-wrong with undeserved self-esteem, the consequent self-righteousness and thereby moralising from an imaginary great height.

Posted on June 17, 2009 at 10:11 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink
In: THE LONGEST CON, Shit Happens

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