This was the question I had recently. Is Kierkegaard saying that we are at the mercy of the unpredictable and uncertainty of life? He’s saying that we are at the mercy of our own present actions. The past will not necessarily make us wiser, and may even hinder our growth. He’s at the point of saying that humans are alone, but Nietzsche goes further saying that ‘God is dead.’
“For existentialists, freedom is a virtue but also a burden. I think he is making reference to the unavoidable human condition of being free, which entrains choosing and therefore one´s failures”… Life entrains mistakes and we are not flawless…
As to Nietzsche he indeed proposed an even more extreme and rad approach.
Best wishes to you and thanks for dropping by in this old post ( By the way, i think I will add at least a picture over here . Wink😉