Nietzsche contra Schopenhauer, Meditation, & the Buddha

[Originally written January 2016] The works of Arthur Schopenhauer and Friedrich Nietzsche introduced me to challenging philosophical ideas which formed a great part of my thinking in recent years. These thinkers were both German and they both lived in the 19th century. Schopenhauer came first. He espoused a philosophy that was admittedly pessimistic. He believed … Continue reading Nietzsche contra Schopenhauer, Meditation, & the Buddha

The Velvet Underground’s Transcendental Nature

[From January 2016, expanded in December 2016] If you listen to songs by the Velvet Underground like “Heroin” or “Sister Ray”, and if you are openly aware, you can get a sense of their transcendental nature. The Velvet Underground’s music essential has no predecessors or direct influences. John Cale was influenced by the likes of … Continue reading The Velvet Underground’s Transcendental Nature