Inspirational Quote of the Day: Two Ways to be Fooled

Learn more about Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard at Wikipedia.

Søren Aabye Kierkegaard (/ˈsɔːrən ˈkɪərkᵻɡɑːrd/ or /ˈkɪərkᵻɡɔːr/; Danish: [sɶːɐn ˈkʰiɐ̯ɡ̊əɡ̊ɒːˀ] ( listen); 5 May 1813 – 11 November 1855) was a Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic and religious author who is widely considered to be the first existentialist philosopher.[4][5] He wrote critical texts on organized religion, Christendom, morality, ethics, psychology, and the philosophy of religion, displaying a fondness for metaphor, irony and parables. Much of his philosophical work deals with the issues of how one lives as a “single individual”, giving priority to concrete human reality over abstract thinking and highlighting the importance of personal choice and commitment.[6] He was against literary critics who defined idealist intellectuals and philosophers of his time, and thought that Swedenborg,[7] Hegel,[8] Goethe,[9] Fichte, Schelling, Schlegel and Hans Christian Andersen were all “understood” far too quickly by “scholars”.[10]

4 thoughts on “Inspirational Quote of the Day: Two Ways to be Fooled

  1. ” thought that Swedenborg,[7] Hegel,[8] Goethe,[9] Fichte, Schelling, Schlegel and Hans Christian Andersen were all “understood” far too quickly by “scholars”.”

    I like the cut of his jib. He is implying that scholars are frauds and fakes who ape each other. He is an iconcolast.

    Socrates stumped his critics with “All that I know is this, that I know nothing”.
    Why did not his critics reply “Yes I agree, you do know nothing”. Why was this witty retort never recorded by history, is it because the historians were Socrates freaks and apish copiers, as humans tend to do? As Hitler stated, “History is written by the victors”.

    • I highly—HIGHLY—recommend you read his book “The Present Age” written in the 1840s. Mind blowing and prophetic. When I first read it years ago, I thought it was a newly published little book–about 100 pages. It is a must read. Everything that is happening today—especially the social psychology of Westerners—he predicts with sombre acumen, You won’t be able to put it down…

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