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The Shrink and The Sage

Should we feel sorry for ourselves?

Most people think you need a special reason to feel sorry for yourself, such as a bereavement or a terrible medical diagnosis. But, according to the philosopher David Benatar, there is a sense in which each and every one of us would be fully justified in feeling aggrieved, because life is a lottery in which everyone with a ticket loses. Put bluntly, it would have been better not to have been born…

FT Magazine column (8/9 August)

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