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    ~ How appalling, after all, is the relativity of concepts: that two men, individually, can sincerely (humanly speaking) thank God for opposite things. On the
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      ~ How appalling, after all, is the relativity of concepts: that two
      men, individually, can sincerely (humanly speaking) thank God for
      opposite things. On the Great Day of Prayer the Prussians hold a
      church service and preach that their piety has been pleasing to God
      and this explains their victory on Easter day [+]. Visby preaches
      that God must above all punish the impiety of making an attack on
      Easter Day [++].
      This is the way the concepts of right and wrong fluctuate, and the
      calamity is that humanly speaking both sides mean what they say. ~

      + On Easter day, April 23, 1848, the Prussians made a successful
      attack on the Danes in the Danish Duchy of Holsten.

      ++ May 19, 1848, in Frelserens Kirke.

      Soren Kierkegaard, Journals and Papers, Vol.4, p152.
      Translated & edited by H.V.& E.H.Hong, who also supply notes +.
      Copyright Howard V. Hong 1975.

      The quotation is taken from the section titled, 'Social-Political
      Thought'. Oh yes, our philosopher was no mere aesthete. That was
      his mask. Perhaps the melancholy Dane understood ancient Greek
      culture rather better than the fiery Hun. Which observation has
      many corollaries ...

      Louise
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