The most commonly applied analytical route to fully understand many living concepts is to split them in three. Then when we come to realise that they all spill into each other and cannot be neatly divided, we try to grasp the concepts in whole. Then we approach the fourth dimension of knowing. Then we truly know.
Kierkegaard did made a three-way divide of humanity. The aesthetic, the ethical and the religious. I claim not to present it the way he does, I will only explain it in the way it means to me.
Operating aesthetically, we are thrown to drown in the raving waves of life. Everything and anything moves us. We are joyfully sad. We act with passion to no purpose. We are at the lowest point of realization of the infinite worth within us. Our values are externally constructed. Life is noisy yet boring.
Seeing ethically, we try to negotiate some constancies within the many misspellings of life. We look for some inner purpose to guide our roaring passions. We seek for reasons. We begin to realise the worthlessness of the materialistic shadows around us. We seek for value. We groan for inner meaning and conviction. Life is wavy, yet it is worth it.
Living religiously, the mysteries entangling our lives are intuitively reconciled. We live for a reason beyond our weakness. Passions and calling are positively positioned. We are complete and we know. The wonders of the world open before us by means of the living power in us. Life is longer than a span, and we live it.
The fourth way… there is no real divide in man. The religious consciousness is within you… You must grow in realisation to experience it. May the best of the field be yours.