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Peter Wessel Zapffe (1899 – 1990)


Norwegian philosopher and writer.
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Peter Wessel Zapffe
Each new generation asks – What is the meaning of life? A more fertile way of putting the question would be – Why does man need a meaning to life?
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Death is the most certain and the most uncertain event there is.
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Death is a terrible provocation. It appears almost everywhere, presenting a stern but effective scale for both values and ethical standards.




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Man is a tragic animal. Not because of his smallness, but because he is too well endowed. Man has longings and spiritual demands that reality cannot fulfill. We have expectations of a just and moral world. Man requires meaning in a meaningless world.
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If one regards life and death as natural processes, the metaphysical dread vanishes, and one obtains "peace of mind".
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The seed of a metaphysical or religious defeat is in us all. For the honest questioner, however, who doesn’t seek refuge in some faith or fantasy, there will never be an answer.
Peter Wessel Zapffe
I myself am no longer very much afflicted by the thought of my own death. The synthesis, Peter Wessel Zapffe, did not originate until 1899. It was spared from immediate participation in the horrors of the previous years, and it will not miss what awaits mankind at the end of its vertiginous madness.
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We come from an inconceivable nothingness. We stay a while in something which seems equally inconceivable, only to vanish again into the inconceivable nothingness.
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Mankind ought to end its existence of its own will.
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In accordance with my conception of life, I have chosen not to bring children into the world. A coin is examined, and only after careful deliberation, given to a beggar, whereas a child is flung out into the cosmic brutality without hesitation.
Peter Wessel Zapffe
The immediate facts are what we must relate to. Darkness and light, beginning and end.




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When a human being takes his life in depression, this is a natural death of spiritual causes. The modern barbarity of 'saving' the suicidal is based on a hair-raising misapprehension of the nature of existence.
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