Happy 201st Birthday to Søren Kierkegaard

Thinking Corner

Today is the 201st birthday of philosopher Søren Kierkegaard (1831-1855). Here is a collection of some of his best thoughts with a brief explanation of what each one is possibly telling.

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” 

It is not possible to see into the future with great accuracy, but we can look for patterns and lessons from the past.

“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.” 

Prayer is much about getting the human mind and will in tune with what God is thinking and feeling.

“Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.” 

Freedom is too much for some to handle. With infinite possibilities, many become paralyzed for fear of missing out on something, hence missing out on almost everything.

“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.” 

People, in general, love talking more than thinking because talking expresses what they already know whereas thinking attempts to know what one does not yet know and involves expenditure of energy and effort.

“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.” 

Many spend their who life trying to solve the riddle of existence and in the process miss out on the beauties of daily experience.

 

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