Jean-Antoine Watteau, The Italian Comedians, c. 1720 (Public Domain, Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Kierkegaard and the Burning World

Steven Gambardella
6 min readMay 25, 2024

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“A fire broke out backstage in a theatre. The clown came out to warn the public; they thought it was a joke and applauded. He repeated it; the acclaim was even greater. I think that’s just how the world will come to an end: to general applause from wits who believe it’s a joke.” — Either/Or

Of course, the point here is that the people in the theatre were unable to tell the difference between make-believe…

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