- Not sure where I found this information, but it is interesting and
relevant nonetheless. I have a bunch of notebooks with many quotes,
writings, and various other things in them. I came across some neat
lines, so I've decided that I would share them with you.
Kierkegaard lived in an intellectual climate of the 'illusions of
objectivity'- mainly science and speculative/rationalistic philosophy
(Hegel) was becoming a dominant way of thinking and interpreting the
world.(including ourselves) Not only did this affect the way people
thought and acted, but it led to the existing individual forgetting
and losing sight of his particularness, uniqueness, and authenticity.
This is the reason why Kierkegaard's Problem: How to become a
Christian in Christendom, is such a problem. He goes on to say
that 'No system of thought can explain the unique experience of the
individual.' Another 'The degree to which one is objectively secure
in one's belief or relationship with God and Christianity is the
degree to which one moves away from subjective truth or inwardness.'
We must also keep in mind that when Kierkegaard was alive, the church
of Denmark was the state religion of the time. One only had to be
born in Denmark to be a member of the church, and hence a Christian.
It is obvious what would have troubled K.: there was no personal
religious experience or individual commitment necessary to be a
Christian in Denmark. Individual commitment requires there to be a
choice, however at birth this chioce had already been determined. The
state religion was a contradicton in terms to K. And that's why his
writings focus on religious indifference and hypocrisy. He even went
so far to call it the fallacy of 'Christendom' in Denmark. I don't
think anyone can properly interpret his work without having these
historical thoughts in the back of their minds.
Lastly, I found these lines from somewhere. Might have been his
essay 'present age', not sure though I'll have to find out.- (')
absorption in the 'outward', the external; absense of clear sense of
individual identity and responsibility; complacent aquiescence in
deterministic myths as opposed to serious practical commitment; a
pervasive cult of indifference presenting itself under the guise of
sophisticated detachment.(') K. is surely defining not only the state
of Denmark, but also the pervasive mood of his era...(apathy,
indifference) Thanks, Iain.