Postmodernism

 

 

     Postmodernism is a beautiful thing. It is a modern Mt. Carmel for those with altars of reason. It helps even out the playing field between opposing sects. Modernity is trying to claim postmodernism, but it is impossible for a view that is so subjective to be the landscape for which reason is trying to be applied. So, postmodern thought suggests that if we cannot help but play on someone’s home field, it is best to be fair and allow everyone to be respected and allowed to be on their own home field when it comes to biases and beliefs.

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“The Garden Party” to “The Big Bang:” thoughts on the last three chapters of Sophie’s World

 

     Sophie’s World surprised me because of the way Gaarder had the narrative play out. Through the different layers of the narrative we have a chance to see what it is to be created and trying to comprehend the creator. Through the nonsense and chaos at Sophie’s garden party, Sophie was able to know it was time to go. Overall these three chapters in Sophie’s World were sharing the concept of a relationship and the pursuit to understanding that which is beyond the bounds of your reality. Just because something is not concrete, it does not mean it is not relevant or greater than the things that we can see as concrete.

 

 

Gaarder, Jostein, Sophie’s World. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1994. Print.

 

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Nietzsche & Kierkegaard

Nietzsche & Kierkegaard

 

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     The philosophers Nietzsche and Kierkegaard, both from the 19th century, where great philosophers, but were very different. They came from similar backgrounds. Nietzsche was from a Christian home and his father was a devout Lutheran preacher who died when Nietzsche was nearly 5. His father died of a brain disease; Nietzsche had a hard time coping that a loving God would let his father go through this. Kierkegaard was also raised in a Christian home even though his father was not a pastor he still helped his son strive for righteousness.  These backgrounds turned out two very different individuals. Nietzsche left the faith, but Kierkegaard stayed true to it.

     Nietzsche left his school of theology and he became an atheist and pursued philosophy for his desire for answers. He comes to the statement that God is dead and we have killed him. This is compelling because he was trying to show society that they were expelling God from their culture. Kierkegaard went into education studying theology at the University of Copenhagen, where he completed his degree. Kierkegaard also came to the similar conclusion that society was starting to be vague with God and that very few people were truly Christians.
    Nietzsche had a long tiresome and weary life full of despair and hope for discovery with out God. Kierkegaard also notices some melancholy tendencies in his life, and studies forms of despair and how that could keep a man from God. He unravels the philosophical thoughts that could block individuals from God. They were despair, anxiety, and boredom. Nietzsche’s philosophy is that the key to man’s happiness and morals is the pursuit of power. This is an important realization. Man does enjoy activities in which they display power and influence. He was onto something, besides the notion of him stating that it is weak to have grace and mercy and that the church’s ideals are flawed since they desire to save and protect the weak.

     I’m pretty sure I heard the same philosophical argument when Megatron was trying to get  Optimus Prime to stop protecting humanity. Overall though I find these two men to be great thinkers and both are influencing the philosophical and theological theaters today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roderick, Rick. Nietzsche Knowledge and Belief. 106. 26 Feb. 10. Web. 24 Mar. 14

Roderick, Rick. Kierkegaard and the Contemporary Spirit. 28 Feb. 10. Web. 24 Mar.

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Nickel, Sarah. Transcript of Soren Kierkegaard. Prezi, 91. 10 Oct. 10. Web. 24 Mar.

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Nietzsche likes Power

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Nietzsche likes Power

 

If it can be debated then there is some power on the line. Nietzsche is right, that the greatest thing is power. But what is strength? Strength is the subjective truth of the power lying within us.  Is strength overpowering those who are weaker than you? Or is the true power in taming the self and being strong enough to lose.  For all can win or lose in life, but the true victory is only in how we conduct ourselves. This is why the meek will inherit the earth.

Roderick, Rick. Nietzsche – Knowledge and Belief, 26 Feb. 2010.Web. 24 Mar. 2014

 

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Kierkegaard’s Philosophy and Man’s Shadows

 

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Kierkegaard’s Philosophy

 

    

     Kierkegaard did a good job analyzing the ways of thought that could block a man from God. He looked at the many forms of despair and how it plagued mankind.  Roderick tells us, “Despair is a reaction of people struggling to be human in in human conditions.” I found it interesting that Kierkegaard saw the value of enlightment for those who are in despair.  For the worst form of despair is the ignorance of your own despair.  Just as the prisoners in Plato’s cave lacked hope for freedom, because all they knew where chains and shadows.

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Freedom from Self

Freedom from Self

We as humans embrace the idea of freedom that is why for such a long time America has been seen as a beloved country for its stance on freedom. People desire the joys and pleasures of freedom. That is why we are so quick to rebel against anything that tries to stand over us or corrupt our independent thoughts.

I find it encouraging that Roderick states, “Dancing on the wall was fun, because that system was so crude, and not postmodern enough… they didn’t understand that there are walls that cannot be seen between people.” For me in my Christian walk I feel part of the task to share the gospel with others is to get through these barricades and pass this wall of intellect. It encourages me to continue to think like this after Roderick states that there are a lot of reasons for people to bring up walls in between one another. Even though we are all human, we are all unique one to another; each barricade unique to the other. I believe Carl Marx is onto something with his idea of a perfect government of a Utopia, which is communistic. The truth is that a dictatorship could be a perfect form of government if the leader was a perfect leader. The difficulty of the task of us having a perfect leader to be able to run a dictatorship is impossible for no leader is perfect in every action. Luckily there is One that works in our lives, and His will is perfect.

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The Pain of Power

The Pain of Power

 

     Nietzsche’s thoughts on God being dead are very interesting considering how his life played out.   He ran from the Gospel of his father simply because God’s will was not the same as Nietzsche had hoped.  God let his father suffer and die, and Nietzsche never seemed to understand it, or get over it.  This set him up for a life of pain, suffering and loneliness.  He was trying to explain a world without God, and yet in his understanding of values he could not escape the morals and practical teachings of God. The nugget of gold that Nietzsche stood by was that there was a world beyond good and evil.  This is not an idea outside of God, for when God created Adam and Eve; he created them free of the knowledge of good and evil. The greatest pain in Nietzsche Life is the idea of him not having power and an all-powerful God having power. The greatest disappointment he experienced in his life was in matters in which he had no power. Nietzsche’s statement, “What is good? Everything that heightens the feeling of power in man the will to power, power itself” (BBC).  Nietzsche died without the peace that God could have given him because he did not want someone else’s power at work in his life.

 

 

 

 

BBC, Beyond Good and Evil. YouTube, 24 Jan. 2013. Web. 18 Mar

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