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Single Idea 9246

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / F. Existentialism / 7. Existential Action]

Full Idea

The leap of faith does not represent an extreme danger as Kierkegaard would like it to do. The danger, on the contrary, lies in the subtle instant that precedes the leap. Being able to remain on the dizzying crest - that is integrity.

Gist of Idea

Danger and integrity are not in the leap of faith, but in remaining poised just before the leap


Albert Camus (The Myth of Sisyphus [1942], 'Phil Suic')

Book Reference

Camus,Albert: 'The Myth of Sisyphus', ed/tr. O'Brien,Justin [Penguin 1975], p.50

A Reaction

I have always found that a thrilling thought. It perfectly distinguishes atheist existentialism from religious existentialism. It is Camus' best image for how the Absurd can be a life affirming idea, rather than a sort of nihilism. Life gains intensity.