Kierkegaard says that untruths can spread within crowds. But if you take a man and put him on a desert island, or in a place where nobody believes the same things, what will happen to his faith. In his work, Girard speaks of "ontological" or "metaphysical" sickness, which suggests that modern culture is like a vast insane asylum which has been created by the minds of the inmates.
Perhaps the most accessible presentation of the wonderful thinking of Soren Kierkegaard available in English. Kierkegaard and Girard are both describing the double bind in which the individual places himself as he seeks to become himself by copying others.
For this reason, I could weep, even want to die, when I think about how the public, with its daily press and anonymity, make things so crazy.
There is a real tension here. A man against mobs, and demagogues. Here, it is some of his shorter, lesser known essays that contain some of his most brilliant and penetrating insights.
Yet much as he disdained the mob, Kierkegaard devoted his true vitriol against those demagogues who benefited by whipping up the mob to do their bidding — i. Eternally, Christianly, what Paul says is valid: So one pretends as if Christ himself and God's providence ordained it this way The Fall to Violence: The one cuts us off from the body; the other makes us mere passengers who never engage God for ourselves.
Yet, over the years, I have returned to SK again and again, and not just because I found a compulsive need to think for myself and to resist letting Schaeffer - or any of the other evangelical gurus -- do it for me.
You shall love the crowd; even less: To win a crowd is no art; for that only untruth is needed, nonsense, and a little knowledge of human passions. In the American world of celebrity cults and megachurches, even in the Reformed world, this is an acutely pointed and relevant question.
And yet, unlike the positivistic social sciences, it is not blind to paradox; it can articulate the intricacies of human relations just as effectively as a Kierkegaard or a Dostoievsky. There are no easy answers to this; that's what makes it such an interesting and irresolvable tension.
Kierkegaard anticipated Girard at this point as well, as we see in the following passage: A crowd - not this or that, one now living or long dead, a crowd of the lowly or of nobles, of rich or poor, etc.
That an anonymous person, by means of the press, day in and day out can say whatever he wants to say, what he perhaps would never have the courage to say face-to-face as an individual to another individual, and can get thousands to repeat it, is nothing less than a crime — and no one has responsibility.
But the crowd mentality also poses a problem for the Protestant Christian without the soul patch, Sven glasses, and camera with blurred vision. There is another view of life; which holds that wherever the crowd is, there is untruth, so that, for a moment to carry the matter out to its farthest conclusion, even if every individual possessed the truth in private, yet if they came together into a crowd (so that "the crowd" received any decisive, voting, noisy, audible importance), untruth.
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“The crowd is untruth,” Kierkegaard repeats over and over again.
For wherever there is a crowd, “ there no one is working, living, and striving for the highest end, but only for this or that earthly end.”Reviews: The crowd is indeed untruth. Christ was crucified because he would have nothing to do with the crowd (even though he addressed himself to all).
He did not want to form a party, an interest group, a mass movement, but wanted to be what he was, the truth, which is related to the single individual. The Crowd Is "Untruth" From Soren Kierkegaard's "That Individual": Two "Notes" Concerning My Work as an Author, published posthumously in "There is a view of life which conceives that where the crowd is, there also is the truth, and that in truth itself there is need of having the crowd on its side.Crowd is the untruth