The Crowd Is Untruth Kindle Edition
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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.
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.
No one would even desire to take his writings en masse.... these are gems on which one must meditate, contemplate and downright deliberate!
So intimate and revealing are his thoughts about God that the reader simply cannot emerge from under his writings without experiencing some sort of revelation in thought!!! Every Christian should seek to read and comprehend such incredible fare amidst their walk.
Mathew 7:13-14 Enter in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be who go in there: Because narrow is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find it.
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Sums up much of the reason I've dropped out of traditional churches. Even when Christians gather in "crowds" truth gets distorted.Published 2 months ago by James H. Meyer
Kierkegaard clarified this duality for us. I appreciate his concern for the reader,read it and contemplate I recommend this gem.Published 17 months ago by hemant shah
A small great work! Half an hour of good reading and great learning!
An important text for a time like ours, so hipocrite and pusilaminous!
It's very digestible, important to understanding Kierkegaard, and is still relevant today. I plan on assigning it to my students this semester.Published on January 7, 2014 by Steve
How can a man know if he really perceives God? With solitude a man can go beyond the rule of the crowd! Larry Lyn (Soderstrom).Published on December 30, 2013 by larry lyn brammer
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