SkeletonRock wrote:3.) Maybe some Philosophical ideas. Not too sure. Maybe this seems lame, but I've read several of his quotes and I found them very intriguing/poignant/interesting. So I thought maybe I'd give him a try. Most of my reading revolves around fiction, and I've been trying to step outside of that some. I just read the true story of Shakelton and his voyage to the Antarctic. That's probably still considered fiction, but it's true so it's still diverging from the norm for me.
If you like fiction you might get into his book Repetition. It's essentially a novel about a young man who has fallen in love with a girl and is working out whether or not someone can live in an eternally recurring present of aesthetic bliss, love, religion, etc. Kierkegaard's deal tends to be to slam on the classics that favored recollection (a la Socrates, whereby an infinite prior knowledge is remembered via a midwife questioning a thinker, what we call the Socratic Method in shorthand) and his recent contemporaries who favored progress (a la Hegel, whereby the philosopher presumes to stand outside of and above history in order to trace its march and reveal its future consummation, what we call the Dialectical Method by shorthand), opting instead for embracing the finite moment of existence (which is how he gets saddled with the tag Existentialism by shorthand). The problem is, of course, that each finite moment is perpetually shed off the back of time, so how can something like love have any meaning in this only-present world? He comes up with this idea of repetition as a way to do it, but I leave it to you whether or not he gets there. It's all complicated by the fact that he writes under a series of pseudonyms, each approaching his central philosophical ideas from slightly different sets of presuppositions. The guy who writes Repetition is Constantin Constantius, and you can decide if that's a joke about whether or not the constant-constant man can live in repetition.
It's pretty entertaining on its own as a novel and the ideas are meaty. If you buy the Princeton edition it comes with Fear and Trembling which is one of his greatest hits and deals with a lot of the same ideas in Repetition but in the context of religious faith. Repetition will also measure your tolerance for his writing style, which swings pretty wildly from playful to severe and is, above all, wordy.
But now that hockey's back I don't know that we need to keep questioning existence.
#9 in your program, #1 in your heart.