Sunday, 5 May 2013

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.

Today marks the 200th anniversary of Søren Kierkegaard’s birth - philosopher, theologian, existentialist (more one for The Watch House then, but never mind), ironist, Google Doodle and subject of a musical.

“I see it all perfectly; there are two possible situations - one can either do this or that. My honest opinion and my friendly advice is this: do it or do not do it - you will regret both.”

“Trouble is the common denominator of living. It is the great equalizer.”

In all, he seems the sort to greet the discovery of time travel and alien life with a shrug and an observation that it explains a few things, and move on to the next subject.

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