The World as Will and Caffeination
“A man can do what he wants,” Schopenhauer opined, “but not want what he wants.” What you want but cannot want to want is a hot, probably caffeinated beverage. Thus…a mug.
Following Buddhism, Schopenhauer located human ‘willing’ as the source of all suffering and pain. He endeavored to show how aesthetic contemplation could provide a brief respite from the crushing burden of The Will and yet curiously, never mentioned the relief provided by a simple cup of coffee or tea.
You do not have to subscribe to the thesis of On the of the Fourfold Root of the Principle of Sufficient Reason to recognize the palliative effects holding a ceramic vessel with a steaming beverage can have on your soul. It is enough to know that all beings are manifestations of the The Will and that as you gaze into your reflection in the mug, you see all others reflected back.