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Single Idea 7582

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / F. Existentialism / 6. Authentic Self]

Full Idea

Striving to become what one already is is a very difficult task, the most difficult of all, because every human being has a strong natural bent and passion to become something more and different.

Gist of Idea

Becoming what one is is a huge difficulty, because we strongly aspire to be something else


Søren Kierkegaard (Concluding Unscientific Postscript [1846], 'Subjective')

Book Reference

Kierkegaard,Søren: 'A Kierkegaard Anthology', ed/tr. Bretall,Robert [Princeton 1946], p.208

A Reaction

Presumably most people continually drift between vanity and low self-esteem, and between unattainable daydreams and powerless immediate reality. That creates the stage on which Kierkegaard's interesting battle would have to be fought.