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“Surrounded by hordes of men, absorbed in all sorts of secular matters, more and more shrewd about the ways of the world–such a person forgets himself, forgets his name divinely understood, does not dare to believe in himself, find it too hazardous to be himself and far easier and safer to be like the others, to become a copy, a number, a mass man.” p. 34

Kierkegaard’s The Sickness Unto Death…a book that helped shape my life in a way. How true is this statement above in today’s society (perhaps in every society and every time)? I know many “mass men”, all of which are successful in life. Successful in the way society defines it, but inwardly and spiritually, I would not rate them so well. That is not to say I am some grand success spiritually, far from it…but I take note of my depravity…and pray. In my reading of this book, I’m always amazed at how true the text is, and how it seems to speak directly to me and apply to me personally. I’m sure this is a common experience, a sign of a talented philosopher and theologian.

Question: Should you try to bring the truths of this book to the “mass men” you know? If so, how? If not, why not?


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