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Moving to the next phase in analysing capturing honesty and opinion accurately for a balanced view of reality, or vast truth in a moment of time. Kierkegaard comes to mind for his life lessons. One life lesson picked for this study phase is ‘why we should cultivate dissatisfaction‘. Robert Ferguson’s interpretation of Kierkgaard’s theory is that “he believed it was natural for our mental life to be difficult and uncomfortable, and that these challenges were even good for us.”
Before plunging into more on this theory, the first observation I have here is that this is the opposite of what is taught today by medicine & science. When our mental life becomes difficult and uncomfortable, this is a sign we are not coping and justifies a trip to the doctor, for analysis of a mental disorder imbalance. After which a prescription is given for antidepressants or some other drug to restore harmony, to stop any cognitive dissonance. Mainly so the human in question can return to work, keep calm and carry on with progress & contributing tax or following standard education. The main point being it is about getting that human back into the system and contributing to how it works, with and for others. There is to be no disorder on how this works, the financial, social, political & education system does not work without humans willfully participating in harmony.
“He was determined to make people take their intellectual and moral lives seriously, to be fearless in making things difficult for themselves. It’s another of his ways of getting us to wake up, of reminding us to question the credentials of the professional wise men and women amongst us, be they priests or psychoanalysts. Don’t just accept the experts – challenge them:
[Kierkgaard extract: If faith cannot make it a holy act to murder one’s son, then let Abraham be condemned in the same way as anyone else….
If it appears that one lacks the courage to think the thought all the way through and call Abraham a murderer, then it would probably be better to acquire the courage rather than waste time making speeches in undeserved praise of him.
– Fear and Trembling, 1843]”
Taken from Life Lessons from Kierkgaard by Robert Ferguson.
WHY WE SHOULD CULTIVATE DISSATISFACTION, it seems to wake us up consciously.