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so if father curses God does it make him an atheist?

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  • louise
    ~ It is all well enough that language distinguishes man from the animal; no doubt simply because all instruction takes place directly through language, man
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      ~ It is all well enough that "language" distinguishes man from the
      animal; no doubt simply because all instruction takes place directly
      through language, man is also easily led astray. Speech is in fact
      an abstraction and always presents the abstract rather than the
      concrete.
      Approaching something scientifically, esthetically, etc., how easily
      a person is led into the conceit that he really knows something for
      which he has the word. It is the concrete intuition which is so
      easily lost here.
      And now the ethical approach! How easily a person is led to think
      of man (an abstraction) instead of himself, this tremendous
      concretion. Herein lies the truth in Pythagorean instruction, to
      begin with silence. This was a way of gaining consciousness of the
      concrete. ~

      [not dated, 1849]

      Soren Kierkegaard, "Journals and Papers", Vol.3 [p7],
      tr. Hong & Hong, Indiana U.P. 1975.

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      posted by Louise
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