Good for him standing up for his mother. A few weeks earlier Carl had introduced himself by handing me a burger across the hedge separating our houses.
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Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. December Learn how and when to remove this template message Is despair a merit or a defect? Purely dialectically it is both.
If one were to think of despair only in the abstract, without reference to some particular despairer, one would have to say it is an enormous merit. The finite limitations such as those imposed by one's body or one's concrete circumstances and the infinite those capacities that free us from limitations such as imagination always exist in a state of tension.
That tension between two aspects of the "self" that must be brought into balance. When the self is out of balance, i. Notably, Anti-Climacus says one can be in despair even if one feels perfectly happy. Despair is not just an emotion, in a deeper sense it is the loss of self, i.
The A is an aesthete well aware that he can use the power of interpretation to define who he is and what he takes to be valuable. He knows he can shape and reshape his own self-identity. Nothing binds him to his relationships. Nothing binds him to his past actions. In the end though, he also knows he lacks a consistent understanding of who he is.
He lacks a self that resists his own power of reinterpretation.
His older friend Judge William, argues that a deeper concept of selfhood is discovered as one commits to one's actions, and takes ownership of the past and present. A concept of oneself, as this particular human being, begins to take form in one's own consciousness.
Another perspective, one in which an individual can find some measure of freedom from despair, is available for the person with religious "faith.
In Fear and TremblingJohannes de Silentio argues that the choice of Abraham to obey the private, unethical, commandment of God to sacrifice his son reveals what faith entails: His God requires more than being good, he demands that he seek out an inner commitment to him.A.
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