WESTERN PHILOSOPHY: “What If The World is Actually a Prison? | The Philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer” / Einzelgänger ☮

What if this world is actually one giant prison? When the 19th-century philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer observed the amount of pain that we experience during our lifetimes, he concluded that it’s not happiness and pleasure we’re after, but a reduction of the ongoing suffering that’s an inherent part of existence.

When we remove the veil of ignorance and behold the harsh reality we live in, we might start to question, as Schopenhauer does, the idea that, I quote, “this world is the successful work of an all-wise, all-good, and, at the same time, all-powerful Being.” For Schopenhauer’s view of the world is one of agony — devoid of divine grace — and it has much more in common with a “penal colony” than with the creation of a benevolent deity. Now, seeing the world as a prison sounds like a recipe for personal misery. Why not adopt a more positive, more hopeful perspective? Why look at it with such pessimism?

Well, Schopenhauer’s idea comes with a twist. Within his pessimistic worldview lies an outlook that could be very beneficial to humanity. Based on his essay On the Sufferings of the World, this video explores Schopenhauer’s pessimistic outlook on life and reveals a secret to be gained from it.

INTROVERSION: “Ten Things Introverts Want You to Know” / BRAINY DOSE ☮

Here are some things introverts want you to know about them! If you’re an extrovert, chances are, you don’t fully understand introverts, or some of the things they do. And if you’re an introvert, you likely feel misunderstood a lot of the time… and will probably closely resonate with the things on this list.

When it comes to personality types, it’s typically introvert vs extrovert. (If you have the qualities of both, then you are an ambivert). But, the biggest difference between introverts and extroverts is that introverts gain energy from being alone. It’s very important for introverts to take the time to just be alone with their thoughts. But, that doesn’t mean they don’t know how to have fun!

One of the things introverts want you to know is that they are not necessarily shy or anti-social. They often get a bad rap as being people who hate to be around others. This simply isn’t true. Not all introverts hate socializing, and not all of them are terrible at talking to others.

Often extroverts will go out of their way to try to make introverts more like them. However, one of the most important things introverts wish you knew about them is the fact that you cannot make them more extroverted! It’s just the way they are, and they want you to accept that.

PHILOSOPHY: “The Need for Approval Makes You Invisible” / Einzelgänger ☮

Why the need for approval and external validation penalizes authenticity. As Jim Carrey once said: “Your need for acceptance can make you invisible in this world. Don’t let anything stand in the way of the light that shines through this form. Risk being seen in all of your glory.”

PSYCHOLOGY – ANALYTICAL: “Carl Jung’s Theory on Introverts, Extraverts, and Ambiverts” / Sprouts ☮

Introversion and extraversion are terms first coined by psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung in Switzerland of the 1920’s. According to Jung, an extravert seeks intensive contact with the outside world. An introvert instead turns the psychic energy inwards. Jung believed that no one is 100% extravert or 100% introvert instead we carry both traits. However most minds tend lean either on one side or the other. If both characteristics are equally present, we can speak of someone who has has an ambivert personality.