Monday, May 25, 2009

Kierkegaard on the ignorance of despair...

"If one were to imagine a house consisting of a basement, ground floor, and first floor... and if now one were to compare being a human being with such a house, then the sorry and ludicrous fact with most people is, alas, that in their own house they prefer to live in the basement.

Every human being is the psycho-spiritual synthesis planned as spirit; this is the building, but he/she prefers living in the basement, that is, in the categories of sensation. Moreover, they not only prefer living in the basement - no, they love it so much that they are indignant if anyone suggests they occupy the fine suite lying vacant for them; after all, they are living in their own house!"

3 comments:

Roy said...

What is there other than sensation?

Geoff said...

If you don't know, I can't tell you... ;-) hehe. We should talk more about this later.

Geoff said...

for a less snarky response, here you go: SK would say that, in addition to the world of sensation, there are also the world of ideas and the spiritual world. (Ok, he might not use the word "world", but that's basically the idea) Both of these are superior to the world of sensation, though we should not view sensation as necessarily value-less or banal.