Re: new to S. K. group too
Good for you!
Thinking is not easy for any of us. I am sure you are as well equipped as the next person.
Both Kierkegaard and Nietzsche think and write subjectively, and I have gained a lot from reading both these writers. Once Kierkegaard's distinction between subjective thinking and objective thinking is appreciated, it is easy to tell which other philosophers write subjectively and which write objectively.
In my attempts to think subjectively I am wary of three things: superstition, objective thinking and internet forums.
--- In email@example.com, Mark Woodworth <ms.woody956@...> wrote:
> Let me be perfectly honest, I mean as honest as I dare to be. I am trying to extricate myself from the consciousness of which I wrote before, which is not so easy a thing to do when it is to a great extent the content of my own consciousness. That is, I am attempting to think, although I am not at all sure I am equipped for the task; I am, after all, a middle aged man (not a Ms but ms. i.e. initials minus the . , an embarrassing omission, self emasculation, but what's done is done) who spent what would have been his college years embarking upon a blue collar career (now more than 30 years long) and reading stuff like Nietzsche and S.K. during time off, when not too drunk or stoned to. I'm trying to pierce that lackluster outer shell to get to the heart of things. This to me is a responsibility - not to throw in the towel and die with out answers to questions one did not dare ask because to think was seen as pretentious by other
> more educated people, and as a waste of time by peers. For me to think, to write, is to rebel simultaneously against, at least, 2 fronts neither of which I am quite at home in.
> Yes, I can change what I think but I encounter inner resistance to religious creeds which would seem to have to ignore other legitimate strains of thought in order to take root. I do not feel so much constrained by ideology but by a kind of agitated "enlightenment" within an encroaching, inevitable darkness. Is this some kind of spell? If that's what it is then there is hope.
- Don -- I'll visit the group page and try to hunt down previous
responses that I thought addressed your concerns. I receive/respond
to this list via email rather than the group page, so it's unnatural
for me to include references to post numbers.