TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2023
Or at least, so Kierkegaard said: Purity of heart is to will one thing, Kierkegaard thoughtfully said.
Rather, that was the title of one part of his later, three-part volume, Edifying Discourses in Diverse Spirits. We tend to focus on his earlier essay, The Sickness Unto Death.
The leading authority on the morbid Dane offers a lengthy account of The Sickness Unto Death. At one point, this analysis is offered:
According to Kierkegaard, an individual is "in despair" if he does not align himself with God or with God's plan for the self. In this way, he loses his self. Kierkegaard defines the self as the "relation's relating itself to itself in the relation," and defines the human experience as the tension between "the finite and the infinite," and between "the possible and the necessary."
The self is a relation which relates itself to itself, and so on (and so on) from there. So one standard translation has always had it, a point we've stressed to comedy audiences all around the world.
Within our own vastly self-impressed tribe, purity of heart is to will that Donald J. Trump somehow ends up in jail.
Our tribunes talk about little else. They talked about Memphis as little as possible, then swung back to this one thing.
Today, Slate interrupts its daily tsunami of advice columns long enough to offer this embarrassing essay:
Why the Stormy Daniels Charges Might Actually Reach Trump This Time
Purity of heart is to will that Stormy's demand for cash ends up sending Trump to jail!
Three tribal tribunes joined forces to pen the embarrassing essay for Slate. According to us, an individual is in despair if this is the way he or she relates to the catalog of actual needs on display in this wide, wicked world.