The Immanent Lie

The Immanent Lie

The Immanent Lie

  Another short essay by Transylvania’s very own Emil Cioran. Since the last essay I reviewed, I have read many others thereafter. Most, I feel, are so abstracted that you don’t know where the man is getting at and because of that he’s an author open to many interpretations. Many of Cioran’s ‘essays’ are shorter than my shortest article published on this website! Right from the start we are faced with this emotive sucker punch: “To live signifies to believe and to hope – to lie and to lie to oneself” Bear in mind he does not define what this

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Where is the meaning of life? Part 2

Where is the meaning of life? Part 2

  Building up from part 1, this article answers ‘where is the meaning of life’ question.   If this meaning of life still cannot be found out there in the universe of ours where is it? So where in good heavens is the meaning of life? The first answer: it is nowhere! it cannot be found on this planet or out in the wider universe. Yet people may say, ‘but it exists because I can think about the concept and communicate it to others ‘ and that right there! we must point out in that sentence, the words ‘think’ and

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Where is the meaning of life? Part 1

Where is the meaning of life? Part 1

    Introduction Anyone who has taken the time to think beyond the bubble of their daily lives and entertained the notion of the meaning of life, has, to their congratulations, graduated Key Stage level 1 in philosophy. It’s that staple question of philosophy isn’t it? The meaning of life. This question is always phrased as ‘what is the meaning of life?’ However, this article will be unorthodox, instead, the question should be ‘where is the meaning of life?’. This latter formulation of the same question is the empirical approach; only requiring sensory validation. Pointing at things, we’ve done this

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The Reactionary Angels

The Reactionary Angels

The reactionary angels is a short essay by Emil Cioran. It is one of the many essays that make up ‘A Short History of Decay’. If you read Cioran’s work you’ll find the sentences to be, maybe a bit vague, but often all open to interpretation. For me this particular essay stood out simply because I had much to say about it for annotation.   Injustice governs the universe! “Everything which is done and undone there bears the stamp of a filthy fragility, as if matter were the fruit of a scandal at the core of nothingness.” The first passage

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A Pattern in the Cosmos.

A Pattern in the Cosmos.

I often like to look at the night sky, to see the heavens ablaze with the light of distant suns. It provokes a feeling of awe and makes me think of the bigger questions in life, drawing me into the mystery of existence as I stare out into eternity. The universe and I and you are all undoubtedly one thing. How that thing got started is an enigma, it’s the primordial mystery. If we zoom out to the very largest of cosmic scales we can see that the universe has a structure and is made up of increasingly smaller things

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Carbon Copies, Reincarnation in Materialist Form – Part 1

Carbon Copies, Reincarnation in Materialist Form – Part 1

Did you know that due to the nature of matter that given enough time, material and space there will at some or other have to be an identical copy of you? The bigger the universe gets the more likely there is to be a copy of you out there somewhere and that’s because in the approximate 1 cubic meter of space that you inhabit there’s only so many finite combinations of matter that can occur, hence the idea that if it was physically possible to traverse the universe, it’s highly likely that you could not only meet your doppelganger, but

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The Absurd Silence Of The Universe

The Absurd Silence Of The Universe

    (Following from the ideas of mentioned in the previous article) Imagine you first prostrate yourself on the ground and rise with outstretched arms towards the sky crying out “what is my purpose?” “why are we here?”. After the mechanical pressure waves we call sound dissipates away its ebbing energy, the absurd silence returns and very well like being put on hold during a telephone call you wait for a reply and find that your utterance is heard only by other living beings. The dog looks in your general direction with a tilted head, the cat glances at you

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The Absolutism of Nothing

The Absolutism of Nothing

  Gaze up through and beyond the heavens and your vision will be greeted with this… not greeted by an omnipotent, monumental, bearded being overlooking towards you and saying: ‘alright the jig is up you’ve found me… the meaning of life is…’ as he folds his newspaper up while getting off the cosmic loo. WRONG, what greets your eyes is the vast void of space with islands of matter like stars and stellar debris dotted about as a glaring minority in the metropolis of nothingness. The things you see out there in space are carrying out their duty in obeying the laws

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10 Things that you can learn from Nihilism…

10 Things that you can learn from Nihilism…

Size is important! 1. Firstly that you are really small, the universe is big, other universes (should they exist,) might be even bigger, but you are just a lump of biological matter attached to a spinning lump of rock, orbiting a nondescript star. You are tiny and not that important! After all, there are billions of humans and you’re just one of them, a grain amongst a beach of sand, even more so when you add in all of the rest of the planet’s flora and fauna. Life is a beach, but it’s a really big one and you’re just

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Nietzsche and the abyss – The unity of nothingness.

Nietzsche and the abyss – The unity of nothingness.

“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.” Friedrich Nietzsche Nietzsche was a brilliant philosopher whose intellectual life was crippled by serious amounts of pain and discomfort and a slow descent into madness, the primary cause was a progressive and untreatable brain condition that resulted in his almost complete immobility in later years due to stroke. Nietzsche died two deaths, his mind died in 1899 at the still tender age of 44 after suffering a

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