Giacomo Leopardi: Reason as the Enemy of Nature

No wonder why Giacomo Leopardi’s notebook Zibaldone (1898) is considered to be one of the most important books of the 19th century. Zibaldone is a 2,500 pages (note)book full of wisdom about art, human culture,…

Freud on the Fragility of Human Happiness

The programme of becoming happy, which the pleasure principle imposes on us, cannot be fulfilled; yet we must not — indeed, we cannot — give up our efforts to bring it nearer to fulfilment by…

The Troublesome Origins of Modern Newspapers

Staying away from daily newspapers is a matter of mental hygiene. One side of the problem is the news itself. Rob Wijnberg does an excellent job explaining what exactly is the problem with news in his article The…

Robert M. Pirsig – The Metaphor of a Spiritual Mountain

In Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values, a philosophical novel and a fictionalized autobiography, Robert M. Pirsig uses a journey through mountains as an elegant metaphor for one’s spiritual journey through…