dialectics of nature

“If human nature were not base, but thoroughly honourable, we should in every debate have no other aim than the discovery of truth; we should not in the least care whether the truth proved to be in favour of the opinion which we had begun by expressing, or of the opinion of our adversary. That we should regard as a matter of no moment, or, at any rate, of very secondary consequence; but, as things are, it is the main concern. Our innate vanity, which is particularly sensitive in reference to our intellectual powers, will not suffer us to allow that our first position was wrong and our adversary’s right. The way out of this difficulty would be simply to take the trouble always to form a correct judgment. For this we would have to think before we spoke. But, with most people, innate vanity is accompanied by loquacity and innate dishonesty. They speak before they think; and even though they may afterwards perceive that they are wrong, and that what they assert is false, they want it to seem the contrary. The interest in truth, which may be presumed to have been their only motive when they stated the proposition alleged to be true, now gives way to the interests of vanity: and so, for the sake of vanity, what is true must seem false, and what is false must seem true.”

- Arthur Schopenhauer, “The Art of Controversy”, Parerga und Paralipomena (1851)

Remember the evangelical expression: “Whoever loses his life for my sake will find it”.

Leave your dialectical difficulties for what they are. Do not try to disentangle them. For with every knot you disentangle, you perhaps fasten two other knots even more strongly. Nobody on the horizontal level has ever found a solution to the tangle, a way out of the labyrinth of ordinary nature. The deeper you enter the maze of life, the more new passages, the more new doors you will meet and behind each door another labyrinth will be found. There is no liberation from this. Leave your difficulties for what they are and lose yourself. Take leave of yourself and of your difficulties. You will get rid of all your difficulties and miseries if only you let go of yourself. A conscious neutralization is demanded. The ancient gnostics called it self-mortificaiton, the endura. In the Gospel of Truth of Valentinus all this is clearly explained.