- Jan 16, 2019
Ah okay, that's really interesting.Schopenauer is actually using a lot of Buddhism in Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung. It‘s got dark sides but I believe it is less darker than most people think because they reduce him as the philosopher of pessimism. Schopenauer was the first Western philosophe to include Eastern philosophy.
Like Schopenauer, Nietzsche is discussing the problem of will but is defending it totally differently (Wille zur Macht). Will is for Nietzsche a good thing, something we shouldn’t ignore But rather stimulate in a pure form. Schopenauer wants to ignore will because it‘s the root of all human suffering. In buddhism the will is a problem too, it leads to craving and clinging, which cause dukkha (= ill-being, unsatisfactoriness, suffering).
For me the will isn't too much of a problem, since I appear to have no will at all. No will to do anything.