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Everyone loves a comeback tale. Rocky overcame insurmountable odds to defeat Ivan Drago and avenge his best friend, Apollo Creed. A scrappy young country called the United States of America whipped up on one of the most powerful empires in the history of the world to gain its independence.
These are the kind of stories that we love to read and hear about. This is one of those stories. It has the potential to be mentioned in the pantheon of legends like the Spartans defending themselves against an army of Persians, the British rescuing themselves from destruction at Dunkirk, and William Wallace helping Scotland gain its autonomy from Britain. More Definitions for absurd. Kids Definition of absurd. Other Words from absurd absurdly adverb.
Choose the Right Synonym for absurd absurd , foolish , and silly mean not showing good sense. Comments on absurd What made you want to look up absurd? Get Word of the Day daily email! Test Your Vocabulary. Love words? Need even more definitions? The absurd is not the absurd or absurdities without any distinction wherefore Johannes de Silentio: "How many of our age understand what the absurd is?
The absurd is a category, and the most developed thought is required to define the Christian absurd accurately and with conceptual correctness. The absurd is a category, the negative criterion, of the divine or of the relationship to the divine. When the believer has faith, the absurd is not the absurd — faith transforms it, but in every weak moment it is again more or less absurd to him.
The passion of faith is the only thing which masters the absurd — if not, then faith is not faith in the strictest sense, but a kind of knowledge. The absurd terminates negatively before the sphere of faith, which is a sphere by itself.
To a third person the believer relates himself by virtue of the absurd; so must a third person judge, for a third person does not have the passion of faith. Johannes de Silentio has never claimed to be a believer; just the opposite, he has explained that he is not a believer — in order to illuminate faith negatively.
Kierkegaard provides an example in Fear and Trembling , which was published under the pseudonym Johannes de Silentio. Just as Abraham is about to kill Isaac, an angel stops Abraham from doing so. Kierkegaard believes that through virtue of the absurd, Abraham, defying all reason and ethical duties "you cannot act" , got back his son and reaffirmed his faith "where I have to act".
Exploring the forms of despair, Kierkegaard examines the type of despair known as defiance. According to Kierkegaard in his autobiography The Point of View of My Work as an Author , most of his pseudonymous writings are not necessarily reflective of his own opinions. Nevertheless, his work anticipated many absurdist themes and provided its theoretical background. Though the notion of the 'absurd' pervades all Albert Camus 's writing, The Myth of Sisyphus is his chief work on the subject.
In it, Camus considers absurdity as a confrontation, an opposition, a conflict or a "divorce" between two ideals. He continues that there are specific human experiences evoking notions of absurdity. Such a realization or encounter with the absurd leaves the individual with a choice: suicide , a leap of faith , or recognition. He concludes that recognition is the only defensible option. For Camus, suicide is a "confession" that life is not worth living; it is a choice that implicitly declares that life is "too much.
The absurd encounter can also arouse a "leap of faith," a term derived from one of Kierkegaard's early pseudonyms, Johannes de Silentio although the term was not used by Kierkegaard himself ,  where one believes that there is more than the rational life aesthetic or ethical.
To take a "leap of faith," one must act with the "virtue of the absurd" as Johannes de Silentio put it , where a suspension of the ethical may need to exist. This faith has no expectations, but is a flexible power initiated by a recognition of the absurd. Although at some point, one recognizes or encounters the existence of the Absurd and, in response, actively ignores it. Filed to: watch it nerds.
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