Schopenhauer II

“Philalethes: your individuality is not the thing in itself but only the phenomenal form of it which appears under the aspect of time and consequently has a beginning and an end. Your being in itself, on the other hand, knows neither time nor beginning nor end, nor the bounds of a given individuality; thus no individuality can exclude it – it exists in everyone everywhere.”

(‘On the Indestructibility of our Essential Being by Death’, in Parerga and Paralipomena (1851), trans. R. J. Hollingdale, 1970)

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