Meditatio compositionis generationis futuræ e qua iterum pendent innumeræ generationes  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Meditatio compositionis generationis futuræ e qua iterum pendent innumeræ generationes is a key phrase from The Metaphysics of Sexual Love by Arthur Schopenhauer. It expresses Schopenhauer's views on the "will of the species", i.e. a gene-centered view of evolution.

The collective love affairs of the present generation taken together are accordingly, of the whole human race, the serious meditatio compositionis generationis futures, e qua iterum pendent innumerce generationes. This high importance of the matter, in which it is not a question of individual weal or woe, as in all other matters, but of the existence and special nature of the human race in future times, and therefore the will of the individual appears at a higher power as the will of the species-this it is on which the pathetic and sublime elements in affairs of love depend, which for thousands of years poets have never wearied of representing in innumerable examples ; because no theme can equal in interest this one, which stands to all others which only concern the welfare of individuals as the solid body to the surface, because it concerns the weal and woe of the species.




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