Benito Pérez Galdós was born on 10th May 1843 in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria and died on 4th January 1920 aged 76 in Madrid. He was a prolific writer and is widely considered to be Spain’s greatest novelist after Cervantes. He published over thirty novels, twenty-three plays, forty-six Episodios Nacionales (National Episodes) as well as a large body of journalism and other works.
“Better to never have been born!” This pessimistic declaration has been made at various points in the history of human thought, becoming a true philosophical system beginning with Arthur Schopenhauer in the nineteenth century. It was repeated by various philosophers in subsequent decades, though rarely with the tragic passion of Emil Cioran (1911-1995). A solitary philosopher, Cioran was born in Romania but spent most of his career in Paris, where he moved at the age of 26 and where he remained until his death.
We’re all products of our comparisons. What we think of ourselves, the way we feel and how we behave are affected by the comparisons we make. The comparison-generating properties of social media mean this is more relevant than ever before.
To be happy, we should have no unrealistic expectations, and an idea of the meaning and purpose of life.
Our thoughts come spontaneously from our experiences and our attitudes, which we can shape to give us peace of mind. It’s best if we say to ourselves, ‘There is no such thing as fate, nor a force of evil.’