P. Sloterdijk – You Must Change Your Life

A first enlightenment came about when the spiritual teachers showed that humans are not so much possessed by demons as controlled by automatisms. They are not assailed by evil spirits, but by routines and inertias that force them to the ground and deform them. What impair their reason are not chance errors and occasional errors of perception – it is the eternal recurrence of the cliches that render true thought and free perception impossible.

Next to Gautama Buddha, Plato was the first epidemiologist of the spirit: he recognized everyday opinion, the doxa, the pestilence that does not kill, but does occasionally poison entire communities. Empty phrases that have sunk down into the body produce ‘characters ‘. They mould humans into living caricatures of averageness and turn them into incarnated platitudes.

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4 comments on “P. Sloterdijk – You Must Change Your Life

  1. user12262 says:

    Olo wrote (Mar 15, 2015):
    > P. Sloterdijk [wrote:]

    that humans are not so much possessed by demons as controlled by automatisms […] routines and inertias that force them to the ground and deform them [and] impair their reason

    Could that possibly be the same P. Sloterdijk whom I distinctly (and easily translated) recall extolling

    Find your discipline!

    ??

    (Hardly. He must have changed his life; one way, or the other. (Possibly including his discipline, of course.))

    • not sure what you mean :> He is for finding discipline, just one that you take on purposefully, habits are double-edged swords, you indeed need to produce good ones for yourself

      • user12262 says:

        refined quotes wrote (March 18, 2015 at 12:53 pm):
        > […] one that you take on purposefully, […]

        Excellent point! …
        So, has anyone (else) already been on record specificly with

        Find your purpose!

        ?

  2. the book is not so much about that rather about the historical changes in the ways people and sociaties set goals for themselves,

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