Continuing from part one on “Diapsalmata” and “Rotation of Crops” from the “Either” portion of Kierkegaard’s pseudonymous book (“either” being the aesthetic and “or” being the ethical, which we’ll cover in ep. 331).
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We get a bit personal about this; to what extent is Seth criticizing our younger selves? (Here’s a song Mark wrote in 1990 in this vein.)
We talk through more of K’s aphorisms, considering whether K might actually agree with some of them, both when the anonymous author “A” critiques his own fellow Romantics, but also when he criticizes philosophy. In both cases, A thinks that people are living overly reflective lives, which makes them weak-willed.
The essay “Rotation of Crops” specifically talks about he scourge of boredom and how to rotate the pleasures in your life to keep things interesting enough to be bearable. Part of the advice in this patently hyperbolic (i.e. ironic on the part of the author A, in addition to the ironic distance between A and Kierkegaard) essay is to avoid marriage, friendships, and anything else that would force you into a boring routine. Clearly K thinks that there’s something to this (he shunned marriage himself in favor the freedom to write), even though he’s well known for advocating a type of Christianity that soundly rejects A’s Romanticism even as it also argues for living passionately and actively.