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  • seriously.merry
    ... (quoting SK) ... given over to enjoyment. If this idea could be proven, as well as Freud s idea of the death instinct - violence, suicides, etc., you
    Message 1 of 2 , Feb 1, 2006
      --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, "louise" <hecubatoher@y...> wrote:
      (quoting SK)

      >Man naturally loves finitude ... finitude quiets him down in a life
      given over to enjoyment.>

      If this idea could be proven, as well as Freud's idea of the "death
      instinct" - violence, suicides, etc., you might have something. I
      realize you didn't suggest proof was necessary; or that these ideas
      should even be linked, but I'm expressing an opinion that if Freud's
      could be proven via modern science, that would also prove SK's. I do
      agree that ideals are agony. An interesting post, unless I entirely
      missed some irony. I can tolerate abitrary examples of SK, since he
      obviously began in earnest the philosophy of scepticism about gawd,
      but the whole theist/atheist debate doesn't really seem relevant to
      me. If these, their assertions were proven, would they validate
      nihilism or anarchy? My inquiry to any diety would be, why do turtles
      and trees have such differing finitude(s) than humans? Perhaps human
      awareness isn't such a wonderful evolution? Maybe annihilation is a
      response to such a "gift." Mary

      > *The Ideal*
      > The ideal is enmity toward the human. - Man naturally loves
      > The introduction of the ideal is to him the greatest agony; of
      > if it is introduced very poetically as fascinating make-believe,
      > this he accepts with pleasure.
      > But when the idea is introduced as the requirement, an ethical
      > religious demand - it is the most terrifying agony for man. In the
      > most agonizing way it slays for him everything in which he actually
      > has his life. In the most agonizing way it shows him his own
      > wretchedness. In the most painful way it keeps him in sleepless
      > unrest; whereas finitude quiets him down in a life given over to
      > enjoyment.
      > This is why Christianity has been called and is enmity toward the
      > human.
      > ----------------------
      > Soren Kierkegaard [not dated, 1854]
      > "Journals and Papers", tr. Hong & Hong. Indiana U.P. 1970.
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