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Everyone is familiar with it; leaving a team or department due to advancement, restructuring, retirement, or otherwise. And then it is necessary to say goodbye to valued colleagues. This time it fell to me to say goodbye in Kierkegaardian fashion. And I was able to gloat about that beforehand. Do you have your own farewells coming up soon? Feel free to make unashamed use of the prelude below.

Dear Colleagues, Since I am much less able to articulate than others, I am using the words of others to say goodbye. Coincidentally, I was just reading something by Kierkegaard and thought it would be nice to do it in a way that suits: I have two choices for my "farewell speech," after all, life consists of making choices, to you the honor of making that choice. 

On the one hand, I have a story chosen from Toon Tellegen¹, the downside is that you will regret not having chosen Kierkegaard.

On the other hand, I have the choice of a aphorism by Kierkegaard ², disadvantage is that you will regret not having chosen Toon Tellegen.

To you the choice, you will regret it either way.

With Toon Tellegen, it is appropriate to end with "and so: I'm going to miss you. With Kierkegaard, you can indicate that should a vacancy come along from the job you have just left, you will consider applying for it.


  1. But not from the heart, T. Tellegen, 2003
  2. OR/OF, S. Kierkegaard, 2007 - Kierkegaard would have thought it appropriate to name that Aforism comes from writer A.


Erwin de Ruiter

"One man tries to express himself in books, another in boots; both are likely to fail." - G.K. Chesterton

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