Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Stint of depression

There was a stint of depression after re-thinking about current condition that we are in. This morning's lecture on postmodernity reinforced the conundrum that we are living in and unable to escape. Anyone who thinks that we can is a vague optimist.

Baudrillard shown us the unrealness of our reality through reality. Derrida taught us the 'undecidable'. What is left before me is the 4 accounts chronicling the disruption of the unthinkable that sparked historicity, and by doing so bringing back the real and the decisive. I am referring to the incarnation and resurrection of Christ.

Kierkegaard's religious stage of existent is more real than ever if ever we harbor hope to be meaningful at all, to be authentic in any sense.

There is no smart people, only those who realize how stupid themselves are.


Alex Tang said...

Hi Sze Zeng,

Now you know why Kierkegaard was so depressed.

There is no smart people, only those who realize how stupid themselves are.

You mean you went to theological college to discover this!! :)

Sze Zeng said...

Hi Alex,

I picked that up from Socrates and revised it a bit :)

Steven Sim said...

yup I call it socratic paradox, he is wise only because he knew how stupid he was. Remember what I say about going back to square one?

But I think it's a process; i mean, if we were at square one and didn't move, that's not commendable, it's static, ignorant, arrogant and status quo. But if one has gone tru the process and came back to square one, that's a different dynamics altogether. Although in the final analysis, I am not sure, if it's really lppl. :D

At least we can choose between Camus, Kierkegaard and Nietzsche rather than stuck with only one choice. :D

I choose to jump with Kierkegaard.

Steven Sim

Sze Zeng said...


Kierkegaard seems to be the feasible choice.

I also dont know whether is it lppl... I can see there is a difference between didn't move and venture back to square one.

Usually the one who went through the process are more aware of his own inadequacy than the one who didn't move. I would like to think the former as more optimistic than the cynical latter.

sp lim said...

"We must not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we began and to know the place for the first time." (T.S. Eliot)

Sze Zeng said...

Hi splim,

Thank you for the great Eliot quote!

scruffy said...

how true bro.

the more we study, the more insignificant I feel. The tremendous progress we (as humans) have made pales in comparison to the infinite world outside the parameters of our knowledge - perhaps even outside of our potential.

my personal take is: thank goodness for the Incarnation, news of which I admit to have received by faith and not reason. Without it, my pursuit of knowledge - metaphysical, philosophical, scientific, logical et al - would seem to slide into nihilism with no recourse for salvation.

let's continue on in this journey and believe that although the final expression of hope is beyond our understanding, the various bits of it that have filtered through and that we understand this side of heaven will give us strength to persevere to the end. May those who come behind us find us faithful, indeed.