It is not the satisfaction of the will that causes pleasure, but rather the will’s forward thrust and again and again becoming master over that which stands in its way. The feeling of pleasure lies precisely in the dissatisfaction of the will, in the fact that the will is never satisfied unless it has opponents and resistance.
"The happy man" — a herd ideal.
Why has the notion of another world always been unfavorable for, or critical of “this” world? What does this indicate? […]
The places of origin of the notion of “another world”: (1) the philosopher, who invents a world of reason, where reason and the logical functions are adequate: this is the origin of the “true” world; (2) the religious man, who invents a “divine world”: this is the origin of the “denaturalized, anti-natural” world; (3) the moral man, who invents a “free world”: this is the origin of the “good, perfect, just, holy” world.
What the three places of origin have in common? The psychological blunder. The physiological confusions. […]
The “other world” […] as a synonym for nonbeing, nonliving, and not wanting to live.
It is the instinct of life-weariness, and not that of life, which has created the “other world.”
Philosophy, religion, and morality are symptoms of decadence.