The Will-to-Life is a constant force which makes us thrust ourselves forward,

cling to existence and look always to our own advantage.

It’s blind, dumb and very insistent.

What the Will-to-Life makes us focus on most of all is sex.

From adolescence onwards, this Will thrums within us, turns our heads constantly to erotic scenarios 

and makes us do very weird things – the most weird of which is fall in love all the time.

Love is connected to the most important underlying project

of the Will-to-Life and hence of all our lives: having children.

Why all this noise and fuss about love?

Why all the urgency, uproar, anguish and exertion?

Because the ultimate aim of all love-affairs… is actually more important than all other aims in anyone’s

life and therefore it is quite worthy of the profound seriousness with which everyone pursues it.”

The romantic dominates life because,  what is decided by it

is nothing less than the composition of the next generation

the existence and special constitution of the human race in times to come.

Of course, we rarely think of future children when we are asking someone out on a date.

But  this is simply because the intellect

remains much excluded from the real resolutions and secret decisions of its own will.

Why should such deception be necessary? Because,

we would never reliably to reproduce unless we had first – quite literally – lost our minds.

This was a man deeply opposed to the boredom, routine, expense and sheer sacrifice of having children.

Furthermore,  if our intellect were properly in charge of choosing who we could fall in love with,

we would pick very different people to the ones we actually end up with.

But we’re ultimately driven to fall in love, not with anyone we’ll just get on with well,

but with people whom the Will-to-Life recognises as ideal partners for the project of producing

what is called ‘balanced children.’

All of us are a little bit unbalanced ourselves, and 

we’re a bit too masculine, or too feminine, too tall or too short, too rational or too impulsive.

If such imbalances were allowed to persist, or were aggravated in the next generation,

the human race would, within a short time, sink into oddity.

The Will-to-Life must, therefore, push us towards people who can, on account of their compensating imbalances,

cancel out our own issues – a large nose combined with a button nose promise a perfect nose.

 Short people often fall in love with tall people,

and more feminine men with more assertive and masculine women.

Unfortunately, this theory of balancing attraction led  to a very bleak conclusion:

namely, that a person who is highly suitable for producing a balanced child with is almost never,

though we can't realise it at the time because we have been blindfolded by the will-to-life,

very suitable for us.We should not be surprised,  by marriages between people who would never have 

been friends:

Love casts itself on people who, apart from sex, would be hateful, contemptible, and even abhorrent to 

us. The Will-to-Life’s ability to further its own ends rather than our happiness

may, be sensed with particular clarity in that rather scary, lonely moment just after orgasm.

Directly after copulation the devil’s laughter is heard

Watching the human spectacle,  We are all just like animals – except, because of our greater self-

awareness, far more unhappy than animals.

There are some poignant passages where  the lives of different animals

and  dwells especially on the mole.

We're just like moles, and just as pitiful

we are driven frantically to push ourselves forward, we want to get good jobs to impress prospective 

partners, we wonder endlessly about finding The One,

and are eventually briefly seduced by someone just long enough to produce a child,

and then have to spend the next 40 years in misery with them to atone for our errors.

So long as we persist in this inborn error… the world will seem to us full of contradictions.

For at every step, in great things and small,

we are bound to experience that the world and life are certainly not arranged for the purpose of being

happy. That’s why the faces of almost all elderly people are deeply etched with disappointment.”

The solution is intended for rather rare individuals that he called sages.

Sages are able, by heroic efforts, to rise above the demands of the Will-to-Life:

they see the natural drives within themselves towards selfishness, sex and vanity... and override them.

They overcome their desires, live alone, often away from big cities,

never marry and can quell their appetites for fame and status.

But he recognizes that only a tiny number of us in any generation will ever go in for such a life.

The second and more easily available and realistic therapy is to spend as long as we can with art and 

philosophy, whose task is to hold up a mirror to the frenzied efforts and unhappy turmoil created in all 

of us by the Will-to-Life.

We may not be able to quell the Will-to-Life very often,

but in the evenings at the theatre, or on a walk with a book of poetry,

we can step back from the day to day and look at life without illusion.

Such works speak frankly about egoism, suffering, selfishness

and the horrors of married life

and extend a tragic, dignified, melancholy sympathy to the human race.

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