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Each life view is written and represented by a fictional pseudonymous author, with the prose of the work reflecting and depending on the life view being discussed. The views of the book are not neatly summarized, but are expressed as lived experiences embodied by the pseudonymous authors. Consider first, man, what the matter is, and what your own nature is able to bear. Do you think that you can act as you do and be a philosopher, that you can eat, drink, be angry, be discontented, as you are now? When you have fully considered all these things, approach, if you please—that is, if, by parting with them, you have a mind to purchase serenity, freedom, and tranquillity. These things are not consistent.
You must be one man, either good or bad. The deceived is wiser than one not deceived. The aesthetic is the personal, subjective realm of existence, where an individual lives and extracts pleasure from life only for his or her own sake. In this realm, one has the possibility of the highest as well as the lowest.
The ethical, on the other hand, is the civic realm of existence, where one’s value and identity are judged and at times superseded by the objective world. In simple terms, one can choose either to remain oblivious to all that goes on in the world, or to become involved. More specifically, the ethic realm starts with a conscious effort to choose one’s life, with a choice to choose. Either way, however, an individual can go too far in these realms and lose sight of his or her true self.
Only faith can rescue the individual from these two opposing realms. Kierkegaard spent most of his publishing career expounding upon. Kierkegaard described it as “unbearable nonsense”. He returned to Copenhagen in March 1842 with a draft of the manuscript, which was completed near the end of 1842 and published in February 1843. Diapsalmata” section in the ‘A’ volume was written before that time.
Is the question, “Who am I? I before I became self-conscious? The answer is, I was not at all, for I was not I. The Ego is only in so far as it is conscious of itself.