9.3, Kierkegaard and the Poetic, Patience, Socrates

“The rich bird comes swishing, comes flaunting; the poor bird–and patience is a poor bird, which does not come parading and posturing but comes like a soft breeze and the incorruptible essence of a quiet spirit. Patience is a poor art, and yet it is very long. Who learned it properly from life–who had the …

A note on Kierkegaard and Plotinus through Hadot

Pierre Hadot is worth a read on Ancient Philosophy. His meta-thesis is that for the ancients (Greece and Rome) philosophy was the combination of a choice of life and a discourse. This makes ancient philosophy different from contemporary philosophy which has let go of form of life requirements and continued merely as discourse. He examines …

Patience and Kierkegaard

Kierkegaard stands next to Epictetus, in my humble opinion, as acquiring and expressing a kind of weightless gravity and sage-like insight rare and inexhaustible. His writings were voluminous and birthed from him in the intensity of roughly a decade before he was taken from this earth at the age of 42. Talk about a candle …