From The Pages: to my fellow sufferers

Parerga and Paralipomena by Arthur Schopenhauer

From the Pages is a category where I’d like to share passages from books that  have touched me, comforted me or, maybe, changed me a little bit. I believe bibliotherapy (psychotherapy through book reading) is a powerful therapeutic force and often reach out to books to find consonance from the pages.

“The really proper address between one man and another should be … my fellow sufferer. However strange this may sound, it accords with the facts, puts the other man in the most correct light, and reminds us of that most necessary thing, tolerance, patience, forbearance, and love of one’s neighbor, which everyone needs and each if us therefore owes to another.

We should treat with indulgence every human folly, failing, and vice, bearing in mind that what we have before us are simply our own failings, follies, and vices. For they are just the failings of mankind to which we also belong and accordingly we have all the same failings buried within ourselves. We should not be indignant with others for these vices simply because they do not appear in us at the moment.”

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1 comment for “From The Pages: to my fellow sufferers

  1. Miriam Prat
    October 2, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Love it! Keep them coming!

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