by Andrea Elizabeth
“Therefore, to say that the opera [Don Giovanni] is immoral is fatuous and comes only from people who do not understand how to interpret a totality but are trapped by details. The definitive aim of the opera is highly moral, and the impression it leaves is altogether beneficent….” (p. 115, Either/Or, Søren Kierkegaard, Hong)
It is interesting to read all of Kierkegaard’s proofs that show how picky and uncompromising he is for consistency to maintain believable truth. People in real life may not be completely consistent however, but that is evidence for a tendency towards chaos, not that total chaos, like absolute zero temperature, can be achieved. Kierkegaard’s art is to demonstrate truth by creating order, which before modern relativity, was believed to be attainable.