Seven pages into the Introduction of The Concept of Anxiety, and I have to stop and write

by Andrea Elizabeth

(Kierkegaard’s intro, not the Historical Intro cited earlier.)

In the midst of earnestness, the forward motion of the pondered thought expressing itself becomes less of itself. It abandons itself as a moth abandons a cocoon. Then all is emptiness. Emptiness cannot express itself except in its request to be filled. It becomes a negative. If negatives aren’t evil, then what is its purpose? To provide a transitory tension? A relationship? The relationship between emptiness and fullness is like the dipping bird who waits for its fluid to alternate from one chamber to the next. Perpetual motion. The anxiety of waiting for the vibration that represents the motion can be seen as evil. This is Hegalian dialectical thinking, not Kierkegaardian thinking of distinctive components in relationship. Patience is a fruit of the Spirit. Go to Jerusalem and wait for the filling of the Holy Spirit.