The Invitation: Søren Kierkegaard

The Invitation, from Preparations for a Christian Life

Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)

“Come hither unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew II, 28)

…A man cannot himself live in abundance, or at any rate in well-being and happiness, and at the same time dwell in one and the same house together with, and in daily intercourse with, the poor and miserable, with them that labor and are heavy laden…. If he wishes to invite a sufferer, he must either change his own condition to be like that of the sufferer, or else change that of the sufferer to be like his own; for if this is not done the difference will stand out only the more by contrast…”
Søren Kierkegaard

Excerpts from the philosophy of Søren Kierkegaard in English translation are available at LibriVox.

Photo of milkweed seedI read this selection from Kierkegaard’s Preparation for a Christian Life for the 55th Volume of the Nonfiction Collection.

Picture of George BerkelyYou might also like George Berkeley (1685-1753)’s Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge, from which I read a selection.