Kierkegaard: Passion Versus Existence

“Our age is without passion. Everyone knows a great deal, we all know which way we ought to go and all the different ways we can go, but nobody is really willing to move.”

The malady of our age is mediocrity. It is easy to think that with all the busyness of modern life people are actually living engaged lives. In actual fact, very few live with passion….People drift along. “There are many people who arrive at conclusions in life much the way schoolboys do; they cheat their teachers by copying the answer book without having worked the problem themselves.”

—From the Introduction to Provocations: The Spiritual Writings of Kierkegaard (pp. xxviii-xxix)


  1. Right knowledge doesn’t necessarily equate to right living;
  2. Stopt drifting amid indecision;
  3. Think for yourself;
  4. In light of the above three points, begin moving from existence to passion.