a Sickness unto Death

Man begins as an it. He is to become an I.  The fact that he is not necessarily so is the source of man's misery. Sin leads to a disrelationship, a separation of man from himself called despair. Kiekegaard says this disrelationship of the self to the self, this despair, this spiritual sickness unto death reveals not only man's separation from himself.. but his separation from God. To be rid of the despair, one must, choose it. A man will be enabled to overcome if he recognizes the sickness, accepts it, and through an act of his own free will, makes a leap of faith past it. The cure is to choose the good, to choose one's self, Kierkegaard tells us. It is in the act of becoming one's self, man moves from an it to an I.

Stephen Goforth