The End of the World

“A fire broke out backstage in theater. The clown came out to warn the public; they thought it was a joke and applauded. He repeated it; the acclaim was even greater. I think that’s just how the world will come to an end: to general applause from wits who believe it’s a joke.”

—Soren Kierkegaard, Either/Or: A Fragment of Life; Diapsalmata.