5 min read · Aug 4th · Struggling to understand is perfectly honourable. Being wilfully stupid is something else and we should strive to fix it
At its heart was the idea that stupidity was not mere ‘dumbness’, not a brute lack of processing power. Dumbness, for Musil, was ‘straightforward’, indeed almost ‘honourable’. Stupidity was something very different and much more dangerous: dangerous precisely because some of the smartest people, the least dumb, were often the most stupid.
What exactly is stupidity? How does it relate to morality: can you be morally good and stupid, for example?
Stupidity is rather one specific and stubborn cause of error.
~18 min read · Oct 13th · Has the world gone grey? Are you wondering what life is for? Kierkegaard’s philosophy could help you rediscover your zing
Sometimes, the questions ‘Why am I here?’ and ‘What’s it all for?’ haunt you gently like a soft wingbeat with barely a whisper, but sometimes they can feel as if they are asphyxiating your entire being.
‘Whoever has learned to be anxious in the right way has learned the ultimate.’
A leap is what Kierkegaard calls an ‘inward deepening’, which recognises that the world is uncertain, but you can make a bold choice about the kind of life you want to lead. A leap is beyond the realm of feelings (aesthetic sphere) and commitments (ethical sphere).
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