:: kierkegaard says it so much better than me ::

"Our age is without passion. Everyone knows a great deal, we all know which way we ought to go and all the different ways we can go, but nobody is really willing to move."

"Today's Christianity is a matter of being elevated for an hour once a week as in the theater. It is now used to hearing everything without having even the remotest notion of doing something."

question: is he reading my journal?


Anonymous Bonnie said...

Thanks for both of those quotes. I was talking about that very issue with my mom last night. What is passion without movement? I would guess it is as valuable as good intentions without actions. Worthless...

1:42 PM  
Blogger JamesP said...

I don't know if Kierkegaard is reading it (frankly I have my doubts), but I'm now reading the online version. Thanks for the link.

I've never read Kierkegaard, but I'm buying something of his today, on your implicit recommendation.

11:50 AM  
Blogger :: mandy :: said...

Kierkegaard, 1813-1855

Sadly, we missed him by more than a century. But welcome! :) I'm glad you're getting one of his books. You're not buying, by any chance, Provocations? If so, I will be down one parting gift.

2:25 PM  
Blogger JamesP said...

I was attempting irony about Kierkegaard - guess I missed. I picked up "The Essential Kierkegaard" today - I didn't notice whether it included Provocations, but I'll check on it.

4:30 PM  
Blogger :: mandy :: said...

I definitely caught the irony and was just adding to that my lament that he couldn't be joining us today. If you have The Essential Kierkegaard then I think there's still room in your life for Provocations... more on that later.

5:57 PM  
Anonymous emilyw said...

I am commenting to say that thanks to the writing of James Pearson and Mandy Gervasi, I am now obsessed with reading online journals. Both of you guys thrill me with your words. I think there must be a secret author in me, because many people could be thrilled with the content of a good author, but I am taken not only with the content but with the WORDS that are chosen. Maybe one day it'll come out, but for now I shall continue in my newest obsession. I will read your words. I love words! What kind of a person says that?

P.S. Bonnie, if you for some reason read this, I want to read your online journal too! Honestly, I thought that people just talked about "junior high" topics in online journals, but now that I've found you guys, GAME OVER!

2:51 PM  

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