Schopenhauer's Garden - Mark Barrott

from the EP Music For Presence (2017)

When I was in college, I called home to my parents every Sunday evening.  My mother would tell me how much she loved me.  My father would interrogate me about my studies, persistently reinforcing his insistence that I keep my nose to the grindstone.

One Sunday, I was telling him about a Philosophy course I was enjoying.  Logic.  Saint Thomas Aquinas.  Socrates.  Great stuff.  I then suggested that I might switch out of the engineering school to study philosophy.  He smacked me in the head from nearly a thousand miles away.

Now, many moons later, I find myself a more avid aficionado of the great philosophers than ever before.  In my Walter Mitty moments, I am that sage man on the mountaintop espousing wisdom to the throngs of humanity that gather to listen.

Over the years, Arthur Schopenhauer has emerged as my favorite philosopher.  In the early-to-mid 1800s, he offered an expanded view of philosophy, extending beyond the puritanical viewpoints and logical arguments to include a keen examination of human behavior.  He also became one of the first western philosophers to incorporate eastern thought into his viewpoint.

Thomas Mann, Samuel Beckett, Albert Einstein, Leo Tolstoy, Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud, and Frederick Nietzsche all site him as a major influence on their own personal philosophies.

These Schopenhauer quotes top the list of my Google search:

All truth passes through three stages.  First, it is ridiculed.  Second, it is violently opposed.  Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.

Every man takes the limits of his own vision for the limits of the world.

Talent hits a target that no one else can hit.  Genius hits a target that no one else can see.

With that, I urge you to take a listen to Schopenhauer's Garden, a song by Mark Barrott that is both meditative and triumphant, infusing global tones and textures through long, melodic progressions.

It is precisely the music that I would expect to hear in Schopenhauer's Garden.

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