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The Crowd Is Untruth [Kindle Edition]

Soren Kierkegaard
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Book Description

Soren Kierkegaard was a 19th Century Danish philosopher. The Crowd Is Untruth is a very short essay, not a book.

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  • File Size: 38 KB
  • Print Length: 8 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Vanessa Myers (December 28, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0030BF0YM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Following the crowd is not an option November 23, 2012
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This in all honesty was my first time reading anything by Soren Kierkegaard. I was very impressed with his reasoning behind why the crowd is untruth. I have never thought about it the way he put it but when I think about it, it makes sense. People always follow the 'crowd' and usually it is not for good. He points out how we need to be individuals and love each person as individuals. Also he makes a point how Jesus cared for the INDIVIDUAL, not the crowd, and upon reading the Gospels we see that this is true. When a person gets into a leadership position he doesn't end up treating people as individuals and this is another point Kierkegaard made well. When people become a crowd they become 'untruth' because they are no longer an individual. It was a deep book which I may have to read over again and again.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I want to see the crowd review this book. December 27, 2012
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A very short essay. Kierkegaard at his best (No religion in this essay either, for good or ill...) A satisfying read by one of the masters of human sympathy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An original June 27, 2013
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Reading the thoughts of an original and independent mind is always a great experience. Greatly appreciate that the early philospohers took the time to share.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Crowds Can Be Easily Swayed March 17, 2014
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I found this brief essay by Kierkegaard to be autobiographically revealing. Known to be a loner, and standing at odds with the intellectual climate of his time, Kierkegaard provides a brief defense for offering viewpoints that stand in direction contradiction to prevailing intellectual norms.

Kierkegaard writes, “There is a view of life which holds that where the crowd is, the truth is also, that it is a need in truth itself, that it must have the crowd on its side. There is another view of life; which holds that wherever the crowd is, there is untruth, so that, for a moment to carry the matter out to its farthest conclusion, even if every individual possessed the truth in private, yet if they came together into a crowd (so that "the crowd" received any decisive, voting, noisy, audible importance), untruth would at once be let in.”
To Kierkegaard, simply because an idea is broadly accepted does not add a greater sense of credibility. That’s because crowds can be easily swayed. As the author writes, “For to win a crowd is not so great a trick; one only needs some talent, a certain dose of untruth and a little acquaintance with the human passions.”

The task then of any thinking person is to stand at odds with commonly accepted ideas by looking to those individuals (like Kierkegaard) who are willing to proffer viewpoints that courageously speak the truth. “The crowd is untruth,” Kierkegaard repeats over and over again. For wherever there is a crowd, “…there no one is working, living, and striving for the highest end, but only for this or that earthly end.” That’s because, according to Kierkegaard, only the individual who stands at odds with the crowd will do that.

Simply put, the very fact that an idea has been granted widespread credence points to the probability that it is more than likely an untruth.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eye opening April 2, 2013
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I enjoyed the tack this book takes, it seems especially relevant as we advance toward a society where everything is someone else's fault and there is no personnel responsibility. Kierkegaard suggests that it is exactly this type of 'going with the crowd' that moves us away from God and only as individuals accepting accountability can we achieve right relationship with God.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but short June 2, 2013
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This is an intriguing essay by Kierkegaard but is very short. It might better to find this essay included in an anthology of his work. I'm still glad I read it. The brief analysis is a good antidote to some of the group think of our era.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short and Sweet May 30, 2013
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Great work about a not so obvious subject... namely the effect of peer pressure on the "truth" Kierkegaard is extremely thoughtful in his presentation. Though verbose by today's standards it is well worth the tedium of the prose.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Refelctions in Life's Mirror April 8, 2014
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I was very pleased to read this short piece.
One nowadays can tend to 'go with the flow', but reflecting upon this work reestablishes that "The Crowd is Untruth" and will give the reader many things to ponder.
Any multi-level analytical thinker will enjoy this piece.
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