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By Søren Kierkegaard, Howard V. Hong, Edna H. Hong

There is far to be realized philosophically from this quantity, yet philosophical guideline used to be no longer Kierkegaard's goal right here, other than within the wide feel of self-knowledge and deepened understanding. Indicating the goal of the discourses, the titles comprise "The Expectancy of Faith," "Love Will conceal a large number of Sins," "Strengthening within the internal Being," "To achieve One's Soul in Patience," "Patience in Expectancy," and "Against Cowardliness."

In tone and substance those works are in accord with the concluding phrases of encouragement in Either/Or, which used to be paired with the 1st quantity of discourses: "Ask your self and carry on asking till you discover the reply, for one could have recognized anything repeatedly, said it; one could have willed anything repeatedly, tried it--and but, basically the deep internal movement, purely the heart's indescribable emotion, basically that may persuade you that what you might have stated belongs to you, that no strength can take it from you--for simply the fact that builds up is fact for you."

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The happy one contemplates the good things in his possession. Some of them he thinks he can lose without pain, others in such a way that he can still easily recover from the pain. There is only one particular good he cannot lose without losing his happiness; he cannot lose it to a certain degree without losing it totally, and thereby his happiness. He will be prepared, then, to lose the good things that he has and in this way, The Expectancy of Faith 21 according to the experienced man's advice, he is prepared for a certain degree of unhappiness.

We will attire ourselves in it; we will follow the tracks of conjecture and the guidance of guessing. " It is certainly good for a person to be armed when he goes into combat, and even better to be appropriately armed for the specific combat. If a man who is going to compete in a race were to don heavy armor, The Expectancy of Faith 19 he certainly would be well armed, but his armor would scarcely be of any advantage. Is it not the same with the weapon of one who is to struggle with the future, since experience is a double-tongued friend who says one thing now and something else later, and guessing is a deceitful guide who abandons one when he is needed most, and conjecture is a clouded eye that does not see very far, and inference is a snare that is more likely to snare oneself than someone else.

My love has only lost its worries and won joy, because I know that by making every effort I still would be unable to preserve the good for him as securely as he himself will preserve it, and he must not thank me for it, either, not because I am releasing him but because he owes me nothing at all. Should I then be less happy for him now, less happy that he possesses the most precious of all gifts? Oh no, I shall only be happier, since if he were indebted to me for it, that would disturb our relationship.

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