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  • When waiting in line at the DMV or listening to Muzak while on holdone may think, please

  • someone kill me, if only to make it stop. This kind of brutally senseless monotony may

  • cause some people to question: Is boredom worse than death?

  • For Danish philosopherren Kierkegaard there are few things worse than boredom- death included.

  • Writing under one of his many pseudonyms, Kierkegard went so far as to say that,

  • The root of evil is boredom, and that is what must be kept at bay.”

  • You see, boredom isn't just being all dressed up with nowhere to go, it isn't just down time.

  • It is a symptom of a much larger problemboredom is a genuine malady of the soul.

  • For Kierkegaard there are a few ways that people tend to live. They either live the life of

  • the Aesthete, the ethicist, or the religious person.

  • Each type of person deals with boredom differently. The aesthete is primarily concerned with their

  • personal experience of pleasure and pain, they prefer shiny new toys, rollercoasters,

  • and frat partiesthey are the sort of thrill seekers who are constantly looking for new

  • ways to make life interesting. Their solution to boredom is akin to planting new crops each season

  • to keep the soil of life rich, they chase new experiences.

  • For Kierkegaard the Aesthete doesn't understand that the search for new pleasures is futile.

  • By concerning themselves with sensual experiences and finding humor in lifethey refuse to

  • focus on the real problemthemselves.

  • The aesthetic life is a selfish lifethey aren't concerned with others.

  • Boredom is the symptom of this spiritual deficiency

  • and to Kierkegaard, their very soul is at stake.

  • The Ethicist seems to deal with boredom in a better fashion, they construct philosophical

  • answers to the problems they see in lifethey create entire systems of ethical relations.

  • Commendable, but for Kierkegaard this isn't enough. The ethicist's work is still inadequate

  • because it is missing the spiritual element.

  • Basically, the ethicist and the aesthete both desperately need Jesus. Kierkegaard claims

  • that the cure for boredom isn't constant activity, it isn't in losing yourself in

  • abstract philosophical problemsthe cure is in your relationship to a higher power.

  • The reason most people are bored is because they have no purpose. Christianity creates

  • significance in every momentthe concept of Agapeor lovefills the emptiness of

  • every moment with the realization that people's work shouldn't be directed towards selfish

  • ends or sensual experience, but should be directed towards eternal salvation.

  • Faith restores meaning to the vacuous moments of dread and pointlessness that people experience

  • in boredom. The idea isn't to find the most extreme experiences possible to combat boredom

  • it is to live a life in witness of the divine, to care for others deeply, and to cultivate

  • a passionate concern for others.

  • Truly Kierkegaard takes the wristband approach, so when bored, dear viewer just ask yourself:

  • what would Jesus do?

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無聊比死亡更可怕嗎?(克爾凱郭爾)--八位一體的哲學觀 (Is Boredom Worse Than Death? (Kierkegaard) - 8-Bit Philosophy)

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