“It is the duty of the human understanding to understand that there are things which it cannot understand, and what those things are. Human understanding has vulgarly occupied itself with nothing but understanding, but if it would only take the trouble to understand itself at the same time it would simply have to posit the paradox.” — Soren Kierkegaard, 1847
Soren Kierkegaard, generally regarded as the founder of the Existentialists (and of the related Absurdists), was born on May 5, 1813 in Copenhagen. Kierkegaard was a philosopher, Christian writer, and frequent social critic, whose works tended to favor concrete human actions and choices over the loftier and more abstract idealistic thought that was prevalent at the time.
I find the quote above, which I’ve shared before, to be an interesting one to contemplate from time to time. The search for meaning and knowledge is deeply ingrained in human nature, and, although we now understand far more than we did in the 19th century, there are still many things that remain unknown.
Sketch of Kierkegaard borrowed from Wikipedia