If Arthur Schopenhauer, the German philosopher, were still alive today he would be 225 years old. I’m not sure he would appreciate all in our present world. But who knows? With Schopenhauer one can be never sure…
I tend never to speak about my little irrelevant personal matters in my blog, because I’m aware it would not be of any interest. They are not necessarily interesting for myself either.
Nevertheless, when I think of Schopenhauer, I cannot help thinking of my best friend, who is a great admirer of his philosophical wisdom.
My best friend, Sergey, never got married. He told me that when he was 21 he had decided to get married and he had already organized everything. The night before the wedding he didn’t felt like sleeping and remained up all the night reading Schopenhauer. Early in the morning he had understood what he had to do.
So he went to see her fiancée and explained her that Schopenhauer had made him understand that he was not made for marriage.
The girl was probably not too happy at the very beginning, so he remained with her to cheer her up for a couple of day, reading Schopenhauer also to her. At the end it seems she was persuaded as well and she thought it was really the best decision.
Later she got married to someone else and everybody was much happier.
33 years have passed since that day, but Sergey is still grateful to Schopenhauer.
Arthurs Schopenhauer was lucky enough to have the serene death we would all choose if we could.
He died quickly and peacefully on his couch, while he was reading with his cat on his knees.
He was 72 years old.
“After your death you will be what you were before your birth.”
~ Arthur Schopenhauer ~