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I think it was Sartor Resartus.


my bet would be on the bhagavad gita.

"What is this weakness, Arjuna? It is not becoming of you. Shake off this cowardice. Stand up!" [sic]


Im pretty sure there is a cave painting showing a man sitting down alone, holding his head between his two hands.


Probably this anon is right. But as a philosophy I think it was with Thales of Miletus.



2 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.

3 What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?

4 One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.

Although it goes against this existential credo and finds the solution in the love of God, it's a pretty interesting read and being a blibcal book, it's a bit closer to our cultural landscape than the Bagavad Gita (not saying the ecclesiastes is anterior).


Sounds more like first baroque writer
"Vanity of vanities" - that's the keynote of baroque
>and finds the solution in the love of God
like in baroque

Not every pessimist is an existentialist brother,
also it's not only about the topic but also about a way of expression