The Obstacle for Repetition Appears in Freedom Itself

If freedom here [in repetition as a religious movement] now discovers an obstacle, then it must lie in freedom itself. Freedom now shows itself not to be in its perfection in man but to be disturbed. This disturbance, however, must be attributed to freedom itself, for otherwise there would be no freedom at all, or the disturbance would be a matter of chance that freedom could remove. The disturbance that is attributed to freedom itself is sin. If it gets the right to rule, then freedom disperses itself and is never in a position to realize repetition. Then freedom despairs of itself but still never forgets repetition. But in the moment of despair a change takes place with regard to repetition, and freedom takes on a religious expression, by which repetition appears as atonement, which is repetition sensu eminentiori [in the highest sense] and something different from mediation, which always merely describes the nodal points of oscillation in the progress of immanence.

–Kierkegaard. Repetition, Supplement. 320.

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