25 April 2006

Kierkegaard on Who You Are.

Kierkegaard was a Danish philosopher who lived in the first half of the nineteenth century. He is often referred to as the "father of Existentialism". Kierkegaard's philosophy focused on the individual, and he set stages that each person must go through to have an authentic and genuinely meaningful human life. I don't agree with everything that he says, but I like some of his ideas.

Kierkegaard paraphrased:

You judge yourself in terms of the ideal person that you think you are, saying, "that's who I must be", and you feel that you have to live up to that idea. (This is at the beginning of your journey.)

You must be fully integrated if you are truly to have found yourself. You might think that you are a certain person, but if you are unable to act and live as that person, then that is not who you are.

If what you do doesn't make you one with yourself, if it doesn't integrate you, then that probably isn't who you are, if you are at odds with yourself, then you have to look further.

The pursuit of self continues and continues until you become the person that you really are.


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