Since boredom advances and boredom is the root of all evil, no wonder, then, that the world goes backwards, that evil spreads. This can be traced back to the very beginning of the world. The gods were bored; therefore they created human beings.
—Soren Kierkegaard, Either/or: A Fragment of Life (Ch. Crop Rotation).
“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.