Kierkegaard’s Philosophy Meets the Wisdom of AI in an Admirable Short Story

Nothing sums up life more accurately than Kierkegaard's quote below. I was curious what else could be said or added and luckily AI was here to add the cherry on top of the cake in admirable ways.

If you marry, you will regret it; if you do not marry, you will also regret it; if you marry or if you do not marry, you will regret both; whether you marry or you do not marry, you will regret both. Laugh at the world’s follies, you will regret it; weep over them, you will also regret it; if you laugh at the world’s follies or if you weep over them, you will regret both; whether you laugh at the world’s follies or you weep over them, you will regret both. Believe a girl, you will regret it; if you do not believe her, you will also regret it; if you believe a girl or you do not believe her, you will regret both; whether you believe a girl or you do not believe her, you will regret both. If you hang yourself, you will regret it; if you do not hang yourself, you will regret it; if you hang yourself or you do not hang yourself, you will regret both; whether you hang yourself or you do not hang yourself, you will regret both. Whether you hang yourself or you do not hang yourself, you will regret both.

“There is no way out of it,” said the fox.

“There is no way out of it,” said the wolf.

“There is no way out of it,” said the bear.

“There is no way out of it,” said the squirrel.

“There is no way out of it,” said the pig.

“What sort of counsel is that?” said the Prince, “to give no counsel at all.”

But they all looked at each other, and the bear said, “Well, it is the only counsel we can give.”

“The counsel you have given is no good,” said the Prince, and he rode on.

As he went by an old castle a voice called out to him, “Good evening, Prince.”

“Good evening to you,” said the Prince, and he looked up and saw an owl sitting on a branch.

“How can I get out of this curious adventure?” thought the Prince to himself. “I will ask the owl.” So he called out, “Who are you?”

“I am the owl,” said the owl.

“Then you must have seen a lot of the world,” said the Prince. “Tell me, is there any way out of this adventure?”

“Oh, yes, Prince, there is one way. You must go to the castle where dwells the old witch, and under the window, you will find the corpse of a dead man. Take his right hand and hang it on your right arm, and then the adventure will be ended.”

“I thank you,” said the Prince. “Good evening.”

“Good evening,” said the owl.

So the Prince went to the castle where the witch was, and sure enough, there was the corpse of a dead man by the castle wall. He took the right hand and hung it on his right arm, and at once the adventure was ended and the King’s daughter was his.

“Ah, well,” the Prince said to himself, “I suppose I shall have to marry her.”

He pulled the hand off his arm and threw it over his back.

“Oh, Prince!” cried the King’s daughter. “How could you?”

“Oh, it’s all right,” said the Prince. “It was the only way out of it.”

“But you must put it back on,” said the King’s daughter.

“Well, all right,” said the Prince, “if you insist.”

So he pulled the hand back onto his arm.

“Oh, Prince!” cried the King’s daughter. “How could you?”

“Oh, it’s all right,” said the Prince. “It was the only way out of it.”

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