“Anxiety may be compared with dizziness. He whose eye happens to look down into the yawning abyss becomes dizzy. But what is the reason for this? It is just as much in his own eye as in the abyss, for suppose he had not looked down. Hence, anxiety is the dizziness of freedom, which emerges when the spirit wants to posit the synthesis and freedom looks down into its own possibility, laying hold of finiteness to support itself. Freedom succumbs to dizziness. Further than this, psychology cannot and will not go. In that very moment everything is changed, and freedom, when it again rises, sees that it is guilty. Between these two moments lies the leap, which no science has explained and which no science can explain. He who becomes guilty in anxiety becomes as ambiguously guilty as it is possible to become.”

Søren Kierkegaard

  • Vsurg

    Between the probable and proved there yawns
    A gap. Afraid to jump, we stand absurd,
    Then see behind us sink the ground and, worse,
    Our very standpoint crumbling. Desperate dawns
    Our only hope: to leap into the Word
    That opens up the shuttered universe.
    ~Sheldon Vanauken

    The leap, so often attributed to Kirkegaard, was posited on there being no way to Know. We do however have the necessary evidence in the incarnation and the resurrection, that demands a response. Vanauken understood that “the leap” was necessary not because you could safely stand where you were, but because on the basis of the evidence, that ground was crumbling away…desparate dawns!