"I stick my finger into existence - it smells of nothing. Where am I? What is this thing called the world? Who is it that has lured me into the thing, and now leaves me here? Who am I? How did I come into the world? Why was I not consulted?" 

From Repetition - Kierkegaard

Søren Kierkegaard (b.1813, d. 1855) was born and died in Copenhagen where he studied philosophy, theology and literature at the University. He was a profound and prolific writer in the Danish "golden age" of intellectual and artistic activity. His work crosses the boundaries of philosophy, theology, psychology, literary criticism, devotional literature and fiction. Kierkegaard brought this potent mixture of discourses to bear as social critique and for the purpose of renewing Christian faith within Christendom. He was in Berlin when Schelling was teaching against the prevailing dominance of Hegel's philosophy. and from him derived the notion that purely speculative systems of thought are irrelevant to life choices. But Kierkegaard went further by arguing that philosophical systems are irrelevant, the search for objectivity is a false trail and that subjectivity is truth. What is truth but to live for an idea?".  The mere existence of a human being becomes a paradox for him who thinks. Existence on its own holds no directions for us or clues to the identity of who we are. In the very sense, Existence is just the bare fact that you are here and no other clarifications are given. Who we are, why we are here, and what is going on in the world around us become lifeís vocation and questions. If our identities, roles, and missions were assigned to us by Existence; then, there would have been no identities, no roles, and no missions. For identities to be identities, for roles to be roles, and for something to be a mission, they must be discovered and consumed - not assigned. And this is the quest one should undertake in the journey of life. In this sense, "being not consulted for our existence" becomes meaningful for us in that each one of us is created for a reason and each person's duty is to discover that cause and dedicate their life for it.