In the reflective age
This is a reference to Søren Kirkegaard, the 19th century Danish philosopher. Kirkegaard criticised contemporary society for being “a reflective age”– too focused on conversations, lip service, publicity and advertising over determination, passion, and real action.
There’s an essay by Kierkegaard called “The Present Age” that I was reading a lot that’s about the reflective age. This is like in 1846, and it sounds like he’s talking about modern times. He’s talking about the press and alienation, and you kind of read it and you’re like, “Dude, you have no idea how insane it’s gonna get."
–Win Butler, Rolling Stone
Kirkegaard’s reflections on contemporary narcissism are more relevant than ever today. Social media and the total connect of the Internet make some people incredibly self-centred, and alienates others.
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