Tuesday, 23 June 2009

A Reformer

Let us not forget that nowadays a martyr, a reformer, is a man who smells of perfume, a man who sits with a wreath on his head and gorges at banquets, a man who is comfortably well-off, a man who actually ventures nothing at all and yet acquires everything, even the title of reformer.
- Kierkegaard, The Book on Adler

This is yet another of Kierkegaard's brutal assessments of how it is impossible to be a reformer from inside the system.  It's his critique of all of us who enjoy the benefits of the current system, and from this position of establishment, claim to be working against the system.

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