Publicat de: leonard oprea | 1 Noiembrie 2010

leonard oprea HUMAN CONDITION

(the blessed miracle Anna-Maria) 

leonard oprea


(… to the knights of the law Scott J. Stewart & Shawn Kelly, from Maine, USA)

The philosopher Soren Kierkegaard said that the man, in his way to God, passes three stages of his existence:

  • the esthetic man” – the one that lives the moment
  • the ethical man” – the one that lives worried for the future
  • the religious man” – the one that feels the eternity.

These from the above are even the convert stages into the Lord Jesus Christ Faith.

Excepting Jesus, who – since His birth as man – was beyond the human experience

(as the human knowledge achieved through the whole life step by step) all the wise men of this world, like Moses, Buddha, Pythagoras (and, now I only name these), everyone of them passed these stages, integrally and conscientiously consuming/burning each stage (following from the above order).

As for the immense majority of manhood, the ordinary people or, briefly, the sinners, Jesus Christ explained to his Apostles: “I came not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”(St. Luke 5/32; St. Matthew 9/12; 13)

Therefore, all beyond any other argument, I wonder if the real nature of the human existence is something else but the sphere of the three stages definite by Kierkegaard?

Of course, a man can consume/burn his existence only in the first stage. Or, in the second stage. Or, in an undefined mixture of the first two stages.

Yet, “the religious man” continuously exists in every one of us, even if the recognition and consciousness of this alter-ego (sine qua non of the being; because, in fact it is the first and the true “I”, the archetypal “I”) would not appear during our whole life, but – only in that infinitesimal moment of the last breath of our earthly existence.

And then, in a way or another, you will surely know that:

“…I am in my father, and you in Me and I in you. “(John 14/20),

meaning that then you will come to know Jesus Christ.

Like Himself enlightened his disciples.

His Light is burning eternally.

Still – we are walking through the darkness of our being. Daily.

“… the first star twinkles/

in the cloudy night… silently/

two deer cross my road…”


(from “Theophil Magus – Living in America” // Copyright © 2010 by Leonard Oprea. All rights reserved. Leonard Oprea created the Breathing, an original type of essay in Romanian and world literature.The Breathing is a short, simple yet profound meditation on human condition, a meditation ended by a haiku. But – this haiku does not finish the meditation. In fact, it re-opens this reflection to new questions and responses on human destiny. There are 100 Breathings in Leonard Oprea’s work “Theophil Magus – Confessions 2004 – 2006″, ed. “Universal Dalsi”, 2007, Romania)


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