Opinions

“You are not obliged to have an opinion about what you do not understand. No, On the contrary, you are eternally excused from that. But you are eternally responsible as an individual to render an account for your opinion, and for your judgment. And in eternity, you will not be as inquisitively and professionally, as though by a newspaper reporter, whether there were many that had the same – wrong opinion. You will be asked only whether you have held it, whether you’ve spoiled your soul by joining in this frivolous and thoughtless judging, because the others, because the many judge thoughtlessly. You will be asked only whether you may not have ruined the best within you by joining the crowd in it’s defiance, thinking that you were many and therefore you had the prerogative, because you were many, that is, because you were many who were wrong. In eternity it will be asked whether you may not have damaged a good thing, in order that you also might judge with them that did not know how to judge, but who possessed the crowd strength, which in the temporal since it is significant that to which eternity is wholly indifferent.” Søren Kierkegaard

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