The petty bourgeois’ love of God

One rebukes others for being too afraid of God. Quite right; properly to love God one needs also to have feared God. The petty bourgeois’ love of God makes its entry when the vegetative processes are in full activity, when hands are folded comfortably across the stomach and, from a head reclining on a soft armchair, sleep-drugged eyes are raised in the direction of the ceiling, toward higher things. Cf. the pantheistic “You’re welcome” (welcome us).

– Soren Kierkegaard, Journals (1 July 1837)



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