deep thoughts loss written by Jana May 30, 2007 “The greatest danger, that of losing one’s own self, may pass off quietly as if it were nothing; every other loss, that of an arm, a leg, five dollars, a wife, etc., is sure to be noticed.” – Soren Kierkegaard Share this:ShareEmailPinterestFacebookTwitterRedditPrint 3 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Jana previous post longing next post women in art More Posts Like This One changes send-off comfort food Hey you! too cool! made in China on teaching… I, maverick pilgrim classic: What has to be Done time to celebrate? 3 comments Sara May 30, 2007 - 2:13 pm Oh, I love it. Thank you. How come I never found anything that cool in Kierkegaard? Maybe I was too young when I read him. That’s a problem with formal education. You can read all the Great Books and Great Thinkers and talk about and be told what’s important about them, but until you have lived some, you’re going to miss a lot. I read Kierkegaard when I was 16. How many 16-year-olds really experience loss of self? And of those that do, how many are self-aware enough to realize it, let alone process it? Reply jana May 30, 2007 - 5:03 pm Sara:I absolutely agree that the thoughts of the Greats are wasted on those who study them as young people! This is one reason that I believe in lifelong education! We all should be picking up Great Books all the time. :) Self-confession: I haven’t actually read Kierkegaard….just found this quote while blog-hopping and realized that it fit me & my mood oh-so-well. For my PhD Exams I went back and re-read Great American Authors like Steinbeck, Emerson, Dreiser, Twain, Whitman and such. Wow, I fell in love with them all over again–and much more profoundly than when I first encountered them in 10th grade… Reply journeygal May 30, 2007 - 8:04 pm I found the quote strange for a moment, because I have always thought of “losing myself” as something positive – like when I played the violin and I would lose myself in the music, or when I am working and I lose myself in the task. When I think about losing one’s self, I usually think of being fully and totally engaged in the moment. That’s a completely different thing then losing your identity or forgetting who you really are, which is what I think this is talking about it. I love Walt Whitman’s poetry. :-) Reply Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.