Becoming Subjective

If Christianity is inwardness or maintains itself within the individual in the form of subjectivity, the proper way to relate to it, then, is by becoming subjective through the cultivation of subjectivity in oneself. We thus arrive at the subjective issue of how subjectivity must be constituted in the individual in order for the decision of faith, which is 'the highest passion of subjectivity', to take place (CUP i. 132). As Climacus sees it, becoming subjective is equivalent to becoming ethical, which in his view is 'the highest task assigned to a human being' inasmuch as it is ethically incumbent upon every human being to develop him/herself inwardly to the utmost in order to become a 'whole human being' or 'self' who is a synthesis of the temporal and the eternal, the finite and the infinite (129, 346). Since we already are temporal and finite beings in our immediate existence, becoming ethical or subjective consists principally in relating ourselves to the eternal and infinite in such a way as to actualize these constituents in our lives. Inasmuch as existence is a lifelong process of becoming, however, this task is not something that is achieved as a matter of course but involves the cultivation of passion or subjectivity within ourselves in a continual process of striving.

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