You might wonder why on earth an entire section on this blog is dedicated to Søren Kierkegaard. The answer is simple: Because he changed my life in many ways and now I hope that he might do the same to you.
My interest in philosophy began in my late teens. Back then I was attending a school that was primarily technically oriented and I felt like I was just missing a heavy slice of reality. So I started reading a fantastic novel called Sophie’s World by the Norwegian writer Jostein Gaarder introducing the reader to philosophy in the most elegant and captivating way. Beginning with the Greek thinkers all the way to the 20th century French philosophers. I loved it! It was all the stimulation I had been looking for at the time.
Giving up on him at first
However, there was one philosopher in particular I just couldn’t get my head around; Søren Kierkegaard. I just couldn’t understand his thoughts and ideas. What was it with these weird stages? What did being an aesthetic mean? Was that worse than being ethical? And seriously, how hard can it be to make the right decisions? It really didn’t get it.
Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom. – Søren Kierkegaard, The Concept of Anxiety
Now when I look back at myself I smile, but at that time it was so hard for me to grasp these ideas and words. They seemed like nothing more than meaningless black letters on paper. So I gave up.
Or at least I did temporarily as I choose to put him on my bucket list. A long time before the term was popularized I was adding ’learn to understand Kierkegaard’ to mine. I was convinced that I wasn’t stupid. Perhaps I just wasn’t old enough yet, which turned out to be very true.
Time made me understand
When I turned 30 a tough time was waiting for me at my doorstep caused by a number of things in my life. A year passed where I was struggling with personal and existential issues and then all of a sudden I came to remember that Kierkegaard was famous for his reflections on the Concepts of Anxiety. I decided that maybe now was the right time to cross him off my bucket list.
I then found and joined an amazing introductory evening course on Søren Kierkegaard. Something that – along with meditation – became nothing short of a life changer for me. I remember getting not only a-ha moments, but almost out-of-body experiences from his thoughts.
I see it all perfectly; there are two possible situations: One can either do this or that. My honest opinion and my friendly advice is this: Do it or do it not. You will regret both. – Søren Kierkegaard, Either-Or
Therefore I have dedicated a section of this blog to exploring his universe and I can’t wait to upload interesting posts.
I can only hope he will inspire you as much as he has inspired me.