In Fear and Trembling Silentio states that a knight of faith suspends the ethical world or universal world as Silentio calls it is the normal system of what is right, wrong, and logical. In page 84 of the book Silentio states, “For faith is just this paradox, that the single individual is higher than the universal though in such a way, be it noted, that the movement is repeated , that is, having been in the universal, the single now sets himself apart as the particular above the universal.” What Silentio is saying is that a knight of faith will put themselves above what the universal world considers right, much like how Tejada did with her child. Tejada and Abraham were in the process of very similar actions with both, in the eyes of the universal world, in the process of causing harm to their child which everyone would agree was wrong and would try to stop them had they known of their plans. Tejada as reported by multiple news sources had forced her fist into her child’s mouth because God had t...
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...t anyone beside himself, only his standing with God by doing what is requested of him. The same is for Dora Tejada, for killing her own child would not in any way benefit anyone else, unlike Brutus’ sacrifice of his daughter. Another specific attribute is the acceptance of both the ethical world and world of faith, such as being prepared to accept the punishment given by the universal world. Reportedly Tejada did not resist and any way and pleaded guilty to the court during her hearing and did not fight against it. She even pleaded guilty when questioned about her actions. This is an example of the acceptance a true knight of faith has of both worlds. Along with the fact that no one was said to have shown her sympathy for her adds to the argument that Silentio would have seen that she is in fact a knight of faith instead of simply a knight of infinite resignation.
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