Although both Nietzsche and Kierkegaard have defined that the life of a person is in his own hand and he has the right to choose the way of living his life. But the ways to achieve truth about life is a little bit different. While Kierkegaard has divided the human life into three stages and provided the set of rules to live these three stages, Nietzsche believes only in one stage, which is to find the truth about life and focus on that truth to give his life a meaning. Nietzsche states that the truth is most of the time a little difficult to digest and when people realize the truth they might not be able to handle the truth. As stated earlier, the truth about life is concealed by the metaphysicians and scientists by sugar coasting it with fiction. Nietzsche’s work gives a light to the human beings so that they could see the truth and overcome the absence of the structure of the world. On the other hand, Kierkegaard says that there might be chaos in the world but it is the responsibility of the human beings to find a possibility in that chaos. It is the possibility which gives human beings energy to find hope in the chaos. But where does this possibility come from? The answer to this question is given by Kierkegaard when he talks about the ability of “thinking”. It’s the thinking ability of human beings which finds a possibility and the will of their hard which face the consequences of fighting the chaotic nature of the world (Gravil, 2007).
Kierkegaard and Nietzsche also differ in the way they explain the substances in the world. Nietzsche says that the soul, the cause and the will are some phenomenon which is not the outcome of a scientific experiment, but the result of people’s imagination and assumptions. Since there is no proper evidence of these substances, human beings make assumptions to understand the order of the world. On the other hand, Kierkegaard has associated these substances with religion and says that God is real and so are the soul and will. He says that it is the last stage of the life of a human being which enlightens him with the existence of God and soul and that is why it becomes necessary for a person to undergo the third stage of the religion to understand the meaning of these substances.