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The Shrink and The Sage

How gloomy should we be?

“All of existence is pestiferous, my own self most of all.” So wrote the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard in his journal, a week after his 26th birthday. We may not envy Kierkegaard his gloom but it certainly did his reputation for profundity no harm. It is as though there is a law that states what is deep must also be dark…

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