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The Last Messiah (Nihilistic Buddhism, Antinatalism, Pessimism)

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The supreme text of Antinatalist despair! Norwegian philosopher Peter Zapffe re-imagines the human condition as a continuing state in which the human organism has over-evolved and over-lived its own biological necessities through its over-sized, superfluous brain...Tragic lyricism and sublimation result! Something suspiciously Buddhist here as well.. (4 ignoble truths?)

Kindle Edition, 20 pages
Published August 30th 2013 (first published 1933)
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Reducing the Critical Global Glut of Cognition

I can’t find the flaw in Zapffe’s argument: There is only one way to save the planet from biological devastation. That is to eliminate the virus which is its cause: the species Homo sapiens.

Our species is not the apex of evolution but a cognitively overdeveloped branch of life, a diseased vector, which cannot cope with the consequences of our abilities, nor even with a full recognition of what our abilities are.

We spend most of our lives attempting
Glenn Russell

American author Thomas Ligotti is one of the greatest living writers of supernatural horror fiction. He isn't nearly as well known as novelist Stephen King since Ligotti sticks with his muse and literary inspiration by writing short stories. Nope, not even one novel from Thomas Ligotti.

However, Ligotti did write a work of nonfiction recently - The Conspiracy Against the Human Race. I'm listening to the audio book at the moment. Fascinating. Admittedly, although I don''t share the author's view
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Saggio oltremodo nichilista.
Britton Summers
Jul 01, 2019 added it
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to be miserable or edgy nihilists on reddit
Suffering is a part of the human experience, and we all have our ways of dealing with suffering, as well as how to deal with the constant pain that comes with existing in the normal world. There are people out there who've decided to truck through life even through its pains and sufferings, but then there's the people who choose to succumb to despair and then there's the people who want to spread the misery around to everyone else, not allowing it to be enough for them themselves to be ...more
Choosing this essay to read was "somehow" random, so I don't have so much to stay...
However, the last paragraph, where he says, "humans will persist in dreaming of salvation and affirmation and a new Messiah. Yet when many
saviours have been nailed to trees and stoned on the city squares, then the last Messiah shall come.
Then will appear the man who, as the first of all, has dared strip his soul naked and submit it alive to the
outmost thought of the lineage, the very idea of doom. A man who has
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Peter Wessel Zapffe delivers a poetic and grounded essay on the tragedy of human existence. Consider the following: all historical societies are devoid of any authentic emotion and we may as well read Nietzsche and still argue there's joy in life in one form or another; as if happiness is an unfinished business since fuck knows when. As long as this logic persists ignorance will be the guiding light through the fields of agony, paint some happy people stomping on the bloody earth and you'll get ...more
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A pillar to my everyday existence.
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Human minds with a feeling of cosmic panic
Whoever added The Last Messiah to GoodReads gave it an overly enthusiastic description that is really, really not in keeping with the tone of the essay itself: it is dark, it is gloomy, it is so handsomely depressing that one might just expire in disarray and in awe.
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Damn. That was really good. I think I'm goth now. There should be a pamphlet to help a person cope with finding out they're goth at 28y/o.
Amritangshu Baruah
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Man awoke and... saw that he was naked under cosmos, homeless in his own body...wonder above wonder, horror above horror..."
Guaranteed to give you pangs of dread and dejection, so lucid and pessimistic his views are.
Zapffe was an antinatalist and so "know yourselves - be infertile".

But I am more inclined towards Camusian absurdism. I enjoy life.
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
when he has spoken, they will pour themselves over him, led by the pacifier makers and the midwives, and bury him in their fingernails.
He is the last Messiah...

A fascinating essay downloaded free, the first chapter of Thomas Ligotti The Conspiracy Against the Human Race reviews this at length: useful to have such easy access to the source.
Marko Pacar
An elegant exploration of the human condition with the worst kind of defeatist solution attached to it. One must imagine Zapffe happy.
Peter Nguyen
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: uneasy-existence
By far the most interesting essay on suffering and the human condition I've read. Phenomenal work!
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Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
A few interesting insights in this essay, some of which flawed and none useful. Peter Wessel Zapffe comes off as an erudite man afraid of living and seeking justification by virtue of an intellectual proclamation, hiding behind his mastery of words. Scoffing at distractions he creates one, anchoring himself in pessimism while congratulating himself for attempting sublimation.
Cotton Mather
Jul 19, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
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Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I feel sick and I want to cry
Félix D'Jesús
Me pregunto si Lovecraft leyó a Peter Wessel Zapffe? Es seguro que Thomas Ligotti lo hizo.
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Never has a categorical understanding of human condition been revealed to me so piercingly simple.
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Peter Wessel Zapffe [pronounced ZAP-fe] was a Norwegian philosopher, author and mountaineer. He was well known for his somewhat pessimistic view of human existence and his philosophy is widely considered to be pessimistic, much like the earlier work of Arthur Schopenhauer, by whom he was inspired. His thoughts regarding the error of human existence are presented in the essay, The Last Messiah ...more
“Cultural history, as well as observation of ourselves and others, allow the following answer: Most people learn to save themselves by artificially limiting the content of consciousness.” 0 likes
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