Schopenhauers pessimism

Russell skriver följande om Schopenhauers filosofi i A History of Western Philosophy (s 756):

Suffering is essential to all life, and is increased by every increase of knowledge. Will has no fixed end, which if achieved would bring contentment. Although death must conquer in the end, we pursue our futile purpose, ”as we blow out a soap-bubble as long and as large as possible, although we know perfectly well that it will burst”. There is no such thing as happiness, for an unfulfilled wish causes pain, and attainment brings only satiety.

I somras blåste jag såpbubblor med min 1,5-åriga niece. Det var verkligen skojigt. För stunden.