Kierkegaard is coming back again this week! Give it up for the philosopher of anxiety and death!
"It is certain that death itself never offers us any explanation - well then we must simply do understanding ourselves, and a serious understanding goes like this: that if death is night then life is day, and if we cannot work at night then we can work during the day. And so the short, hurried cry of seriousness - like death’s short cry - is: do it today. For death in all seriousness energizes as nothing else does. Like nothing else it stimulates to wakefulness. Death causes the sensualist to say: Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we shall die. But this an evasive lust for life, that despicable way of things in the world where one lives to eat and drink, not eat and drunk to live. In a deeper soul the idea of death might arouse feelings of impotence that will cause his courage to falter; but for the truly serious person the idea of death gives just the right pace to life, and the right direction in which to use this pace. No bowstring, tensioned to give the arrow pace, can match the pace brought to the living by the thought of death when it has been properly tensioned in seriousness. For is is then that seriousness, working to the limits of its powers, takes hold of the matters of the day. No task is too trivial for it, no space of time too short."
Our use of the Death concept today goes along the lines of Carpe Diem but Kierkegaard makes the case for a more nuanced approach. So here's my question:
> What do you think of when you think of Death? What comes to mind and what do you usually decide to do or plan next?
> Do you think the approach you just thought of is energizing you? Is it making you anxious?