Wikipedia on Arthur Schopenhauer :
—-He is commonly known for having espoused a sort of philosophical pessimism that saw life as being essentially evil, futile, and full of suffering.
—-However, upon closer inspection, in accordance with Eastern thought, especially that of Hinduism and Buddhism, he saw salvation, deliverance, or escape from suffering in aesthetic contemplation, sympathy for others, and ascetic living.

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