Future’s ‘Wait For U’ and the Chivalric Tradition

It is not a coincidence that the video for Future’s ‘Wait For U’ is a medieval period piece. I have spoken before about romance in the chivalric tradition; knights were known to maintain a ‘paradoxical prohibition’ against attaining the woman they desire. They would instead redirect their love into ‘dangerous undertakings’, making the woman the inspiration for all their ‘glory and honor’:

Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling contains a similar description of chivalric romance — but in his description, we get a glimpse into the mind of what he calls the ‘the knight of infinite resignation’ (more on that here):

But Kierkegaard goes a step further. For Kierkegaard, there is no faith without there first being complete resignation: ‘Infinite resignation is the last stage before faith, so that anyone who has not made this movement does not have faith’. The faithful knight, he writes, does exactly the same as any other knight, he renounces the claim to love, and is ‘reconciled in his pain’. ‘But then comes the marvel’:

It is the belief in the absurd that maintains faith in the face of the unassailable. Future’s ‘Wait For U’ samples Tems’ song ‘Higher’, in which she sings:

To attempt to save someone while the world is ending… this is belief in the absurd.

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‘Gradually it’s become clear to me what every great philosophy has been: a personal confession of its author and a kind of involuntary and unconscious memoir’