Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Dog Kennel By the Palace

I've decided to add a few things of interest to the group pool too, in case any of them spark ideas for your project proposals. This one's an excerpt from Soren Kierkegaard's "Parables of Kierkegaard," which could be re-interpreted in any number of ways:

A thinker erects an immense building, a system, a system which embraces the whole of existence and world-history, etc - and if we contemplate his personal life, we discover to our astonishment this terrible and ludicrous fact: that he himself personally does not live in this immense high-vaulted palace, but in a barn alongside of it, or in a dog-kennel, or at most the porter's lodge. If one were to take the liberty of calling his attention to this by a single word, he would be offended. For he has no fear of being under a delusion, if only he can get the system completed ... by means of the delusion.

- Soren Kierkegaard

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