I realize it may seem like I'm exaggerating for comic effect or something like that, but is anybody else in a position in life where looking at images like the one posted by OP has such an emotional impact that it's rather difficult to prevent yourself from allowing tears to fall from your eyes? Gosh adult life is so heartbreaking, its brevity is tragic and the scarcity of beauty can leave me so helplessly despondent. Despite all my analysing and logical reasoning and genuine efforts to attribute meaning to an objectively meaningless and purposeless university, I am forced to conclude, either by some form of reasoning I'vet yet to fully comprehend or some biological mechanism which forces me to think this way, that love, el oh vee eeh LOVE is the only redeeming virtue in existence. To live a life without affection, to exist as little more than a ghost, to have your heart beat so quickly for something you will never attain is just so depressing. There is a reason most song, books, movies and so on are all dedicated primarily to the near-ineffable emotion, or feeling or phenomena that is the love of an adult human being.
>>7549135 Love is bullshit pal. Take it from a normie: your childish illusions will be shattered almost immediately once you actually achieve what you think you wanted. You're essentially sad because fantasies aren't real, which is idiotic
>>7549186 What others emotions are you referring to? Let's assume you are an otherwise a stoic individual, at ease with your own company and prefer it most of the time, dedicated to realizing a number of ambitions, healthy, educated and so on, yet your overwhelming instinct to express affection and receive affection in return goes unsatisfied? And what if you realize that this instinct and desire seems more urgent and torturous to you than any of the aforementioned aspects of your life?
>>7549172 This... Is not true. Even if you're cynical about sexual relationship love (although I'm in a relationship of four years and very much in love), there is still love between a mother and an infant, or father and son. Love very much exists even if it hasn't for you.
>>7549115 33 here. Been reading /lit/core for the last 15 years and am quite done with the classics. I mean, you can never really be done, but im at the point where I need to be reading stuff like Middlemarch and Aeschylus to be breaking new ground, and say what you will, but at this point I read for pleasure and knowledge in things that interest me.
Pic related, that and The Kingdom of This World by Carpentier are on my list.
>>7549135 When I had my daughter, I really felt my life was complete, I had never felt love like that before. I loved my wife of course, but it was and is completely different. I probably wouldnt die for my wife, but I would for my daughter.
inb4 she will be a whore, all humans grow and learn vices
>>7549263 Let's say a person has a great deal of affection for himself, in the sense of being proud of what he has achieved and what he has overcome to possess the kind of disposition and so on he has. Let's say this person also identifies faults in himself, but accepts that finding faults in one's character is beneficial and not in itself something to avoid doing. Let's say this person is very attracted to certain individuals of the opposite gender yet, for reasons that take too long to articulate in a single 4chan post to an audience who become more unwilling to involve themselves in the conversation with each new sentence, receives no affection in their life other than the distant, routine sort of affection offered by family members at the end of a telephone call. What is this individual does not yearn for a brief exchange of caresses and sensory pleasure but to communicate, fully and truly, with someone they are attracted to and who they wish to care for, encourage, protect and be cared for by in a world that this individual (increasingly) views as lonely, miserable, purposeless and in many cases hostile (at least to beauty or kindness, which the individual values). Let's say the above describes the sort of affection this individual desires, and let's assume even more and say that this individual sees the person who he wishes to be affectionate towards almost every day for around three months, occasionally saying a few words about something in their shared environment that the latter person needs help with. Now let's say the individual, after suppressing any and all impulses they had to make their desire obvious to the other person, realizes, after finally telling themselves that this week will be the week they will overcome these suppressive instincts and, for one of the few times in their life, admit their vulnerability (in the form of a need that only others can satisfy) to this person, only to discover that this is the very week that that person no longer frequents the place where they are so used to seeing them each day. Is this person so very wrong for wanting more from their life than the self-respect and so on they've managed to nurture over many years?
>>7549289 Look I appreciate what you're saying and I know that feeling of yearning for affection without getting any in return. For me anyway I too was looked at by people as lonely and miserable at one point in my life and I let it affect my view of them and I became jaded to fact they still loved me and cared for me. I wasn't grounded and my anxiety got in the way that could be a problem at the surface that you're missing but probably not. Just keep putting yourself out there and people will become attacted to you.Who cares if someone thinks you are lonely and depressed if you love yourself and know you aren't. And if you are then find out why
Im not sure whether I worry about running out of reading material. Even the less popular books are enjoyable by good authors and then you can reread the greats over again. Didn't Bloom complain about having to reach everywhere to find something to read?
>>7549300 Wait you did or did not read Diodorus and Appian? I literally have Diodorus open in front of me right now, and have Appian lined up within the next few weeks. I hope and pray Appian is more interesting; my reading speed has been crawling for the last 300 pages.
Either way I feel you. I'm just out of college but felt pretty betrayed by my embarrassing total lack of any classical education. It seems ridiculous to have graduated from college (a liberal arts school, no less) and never read Homer.
>>7551332 Very cool. Ancient fragments seem really hit or miss; sometimes I'll go twenty pages in such boredom that I wonder why I bothered, but then I'll stumble on something interesting enough that I would have been bummed to gloss over it.
And some fragments are quite extensive; Polybius only has 5 complete books extant, but the fragments make up like 70% of the surviving texts.
>>7549115 I'll hopefully be able to read more authors in their own language. My German isn't good enough to read Mann yet, but it could be in ten years. Same with Spanish. Besides that I hope I can read the entire works of some of my favourite authors. Right now I'm just skipping through all kinds of periods and countries, not feeling like taking the time to read everything by Soseki or Hamsun for example.
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