Topics Worth Investigating

  1. Complete and explain the analogy between the potter's wheel and Sansara. What is Sansara?

  2. Explain the despair inherent in the "game-playing" attitude toward life. Why isn't the game of Sansara a game worth playing?

  3. Hesse writes, "Never before, it had become so strangely clear to Siddhartha, how closely lust was akin to death." Susan Sontag notes a similar point:

    Tamed as it may be, sexuality remains one of the demonic forces in human consciousness—pushing us at intervals close to taboo and dangerous desires, which range from the impulse to commit sudden arbitrary violence upon another person to the voluptuous yearning for the extinction of one's consciousness, for death itself.[1]

    What do psychoanalysts write about the relation between passion and death?



Susan Sontag. Styles of Radical Will. New York: Farrar Straus, 1969.