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  • louise
    ~ To want to spectate and to spectate, to be exalted by the highest, is essentially sinful and culpable lasciviousness, just as sinful as any other
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      ~ To want to spectate and to spectate, to be exalted by the highest,
      is essentially sinful and culpable lasciviousness, just as sinful as
      any other lasciviousness - to be uplifted as a spectator instead of
      coming out into the tension of true actuality, spectating upon
      suffering as a good thing instead of suffering, etc. This
      lasciviousness makes the church into a theater: for the difference
      between the theater and the church is the relationship to actuality.
      The lasciviousness of spectatorship is just as sinful as a debauchee's
      fear of getting children; in spectating one wants the enjoyment and
      bids goodbye to earnestness. ~

      [not dated, 1848]

      Soren Kierkegaard. Journals and Papers, Vol. 1 [p457],
      tr. Hong & Hong, Indiana U.P.1967.
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