2007-02-06

Fear and Trembling - Søren Kierkegaard

No, not one shall be forgotten who was great in the world. But each was great in his own way, and each in proportion to the greatness of that which he loved. For he who loved himself became great by himself, and he who loved other men became great by his selfless devotion, but he who loved God became greater than all. Everyone shall be remembered, but each became great in proportion to his expectation. One became great by expecting the possible, another by expecting the eternal, but he who expected the impossible became greater than all. Everyone shall be remembered, but each was great in proportion to the greatness of that with which he strove. For he who strove with the world became great by overcoming the world, and he who strove with himself became great by overcoming himself, but he who strove with God became greater than all. So there was strife in the world, man against man, one against a thousand, but he who strove with God was greater than all. So there was strife upon earth: there was one who overcame all by his power, and there was one who overcame God by his impotence. There was one who relied upon himself and gained all, there was one who secure in his strength sacrificed all, but he who believed God was greater than all. There was one who was great by reason of his power, and one who was great by reason of his wisdom, and one who was great by reason of his hope, and one who was great by reason of his love; but Abraham was greater than all, great by reason of his power whose strength is impotence, great by reason of his wisdom whose secret is foolishness, great by reason of his hope whose form is madness, great by reason of the love which is hatred of oneself.

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  1. "...great by reason of his power whose strength is impotence, great by reason of his wisdom whose secret is foolishness, great by reason of his hope whose form is madness, great by reason of the love which is hatred of oneself"

    Man that is good stuff. It reminds me a little of the song "Faith Enough" by Jars of Clay:

    The ice is thin enough for walkin'
    The rope is worn enough to climb
    My throat is dry enough for talkin'
    The world is crumblin' but I know why
    The world is crumblin' but I know why

    The storm is wild enough for sailing
    The bridge is weak enough to cross
    This body frail enough for fighting
    I'm home enough to know I'm lost
    Home enough to know I'm lost

    It's just enough to be strong
    In the broken places, in the broken places
    It's just enough to be strong
    Should the world rely on faith tonight

    The land unfit enough for planting
    Barren enough to conceive
    Poor enough to gain the treasure
    Enough a cynic to believe
    Enough a cynic to believe

    Confused enough to know direction
    The sun eclipsed enough to shine
    Be still enough to finally tremble
    And see enough to know I'm blind
    And see enough to know I'm blind

    Should the world rely on faith tonight

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