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Why It Sucks To Be Human

Why It Sucks To Be Human
By Elizabeth Filips • Issue #5 • View online
It’s almost 12am and I’d completely forgotten about today’s newsletter. So it’s going to be a short one. I was filming a video today and in researching for it, I got reminded of a really cool concept.
That humans are the only creatures that can hate themselves.
Friedrich Nietzsche talks about this in the Geneaology of Morals, one of my favourite philosophical essays. Although he elaborates on this a lot more (I have a summary of the book here), I find that realisation alone to have me thinking.
I wonder why and how it’s so hard for us to accept ourselves.
Animals don’t hate their bodies. They don’t hate their predatory nature. They don’t hate their feathers or their skin.
It would’ve probably been endlessly easier to be anything else. Why does self-love come so hard to humans?
Apologies for the weird prompt - but I wonder if realising this helps you too?
Hope you have an amazing week,

Quote of the week
“If you’re smart you should be able to be happy.” 
—Naval Ravikant
My Favourite Things This Week
My First Principle - Ok, this is VERY exciting to me, but I’ve just named my first productivity rule - The Lazy Principle. I explain it in my video, and at first I thought I could never publish such a pointless thing. I hated the filming, what I was saying and was terrified to put it out. However, the responses have been incredible! I’m so so happy other’s feel the same way, and now my baby has a name :)
New camera lens - Very very ironically to this topic, I’ve been struggling with how much my previous camera lens would distort my face (it had to be quite close and had a small angle). So now I have a new one which is much better!
The Prestige - I rewatched this movie and absolutely LOVED it. The production quality, the storyline, the brilliant acting, the exploration of ego and testosterone and fame and family and passion was so beautiful.
YouTube Videos this week
Productivity for Procrastinators (Like Me) - The Lazy Principle
Productivity for Procrastinators (Like Me) - The Lazy Principle
What's in My Bag? Medical Student Edition
What's in My Bag? Medical Student Edition
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Elizabeth Filips

Hiya, I'm Elizabeth, a medical student, artist and YouTuber in London. Every Sunday I write about exploring meaning, productivity, little pleasures and just navigating life. And some of my favourite things that week.

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