Freedom over Fate: How the Underground Man is Not Free

By Damien Knight

I shall start with a quote from The Underground man himself. “Ha! Ha! Ha! But after all, if you like, in reality, there is such thing as choice.” (Dostoevsky, p.24), In the readings a major theme was free will and morals. Is the good life a free life or are we controlled by fate? To what limits are these freedoms?

In Fear and Trembling freedom is limited by morals or by faith. For Abraham he is both free and bound. He must, due to duty, serve God even if God orders his son’s death. Still this faith left him free. Free of ethics we become bound by faith. “A tragic hero can become a human being by his own strength, but not the knight of faith. When a person sets out on the tragic hero’s admittedly hard path, there are many who can lend him advice; but he who walks the narrow path of faith no one can advise, no one understands.” (K. p.95) This states how even Abraham who seeks freedom from ethics through the duty of faith is not free from being alone. Freedom is fickle.

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Look Past

Look past the dark brown hair The speckled green eyes Look Past the shit eatting grin I seem to be grinning at you Look past the walls and barriers I have constructed so gingerly Look past the bitter hatred That is the door to me Look past and see That in your hands the key Look past then look forward into my eyes lost and empty Look forward and know Only you can now free me Look forward and…

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Look Past

Look past the dark brown hair
The speckled green eyes
Look Past the shit eatting grin
I seem to be grinning at you
Look past the walls and barriers
I have constructed so gingerly
Look past the bitter hatred
That is the door to me
Look past and see
That in your hands the key
Look past then look forward
into my eyes lost and empty
Look forward and know
Only you can now free me
Look forward and stare into the soul
For there lies the true goal
Look away you should not
Because then it would break me
Look away and you will never see
The kind of man I could be
Look past my faults
Give me the chance
Look into the heart of me
Unlock the door with the hearts key