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The obedience of the lily and the bird are perfected in that they achieve their perfection at the very moment when their destruction begins. All of nature achieves a point of ripeness or perfection. After this moment begins the period of gradual decay. The lily and the bird submit to this process. The enjoyment of this brief moment of fruition is in a sense a very esthetic pleasure. Life is brief as are our joys. Much of the pleasure of life is lived in recollection: a former love, youth lost and so forth. But examined from a religious standpoint, the lily and the bird are obedient in that they conform to the design of their Maker. We too must yield to this design, but willingly.
Consider the lilies of the field
...out there with the lilies and the birds thou dost sense that thou art before God, a fact which is generally so entirely forgotten in speech and conversation with other men. For when there are two of us only that talk together, not to say ten or more, it is so easily forgotten that thou and I, we two, or we ten, are before God. But the lily who is the teacher is profound. It does not enter into conversation with thee, it keeps silent, and by keeping silent it would signify to thee that thou art before God, that thou shouldst remember that thou art before God—that thou also in seriousness and truth mightest become silent before God (p. 328).
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Kierkegaard dismisses any poetizing of the birds and lilies. Their function is to teach man. They teach us by their silence, that we are to be silent before God as well. From this silence we learn reverence, and are invited to fulfill the Scripture, "Seek ye first God's kingdom and his righteousness". In this realization the individual finds himself alone before God. One of Kierkegaard's main categories of is that of the individual as opposed to the "numeric masses". In this work especially, it is the individual alone before God.
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* I assume the writer translated from a Chinese version. More familiarly, using the 2001 English standard version: Matthew 6:28 - And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,
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The third discourse is on joy. Kierkegaard resumes the theme of the momentariness of the lily and the bird. They obey God in their simplicity even though their existence is transitory. But they also rejoice.
August | 2014 | To Consider the Lilies
Somewhere in this city is a woman with my body and my taste in clothes. She can afford the taste. I shadow her, snatching up her discards a season after she steps out of them. Gently worn, the proprietor calls the clothes in her shop. She tells me there is a celebrity consignment store in Beverly Hills where women pay thousands of dollars for a dress that belonged to Liz or Barbra. The woman I am shadowing is client number 68. I don’t know her name and don’t wish to, but I would know her clothes anywhere. The proprietor watches as I enter. She says she can predict which jacket I will approach, which pair of slacks. I like to imagine the phantom woman. Does she shop in my grocery store? Has she passed me in the aisles and recognized herself in this stranger wearing her clothes?