Pokusa życia mimo wszystko w myśli Emila Ciorana
THE TEMPTATION OF LIFE IN THE THOUGHT OF EMIL CIORAN
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The article considers why it is not worth committing suicide, despite the negative character of human existence. According to Cioran, man’s greatest curse is his self-consciousness, which frequently reminds him of the transitory character of everything and of death, making life unbearable. The best solution would be not to have been born, but if that misfortune should fall upon someone, the solution is to die as soon as possible. Should someone live longer, the best solution is to think how to bear life and to defeat and silence the fear of death. What makes life more bearable is the ability to commit suicide. This gives man a power greater than that of God because one can reject the world and one’ own birth, thus becoming master of one’s own existence. Although death seems to be the only reasonable solution, Cioran does not take his own life away. He chooses the temptation to exist, to live an authentic and full life, and he even offers something resembling wisdom following defeat.
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