H.P. Lovecraft: Quote of the Day!

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“Now all my tales are based on the fundamental premise that common human laws and interests are emotions have no validity or significance in the vast cosmos-at-large. To me there is nothing but puerility in a tale in which the human form – and the local human passions and conditions and standards – are depicted as native to other worlds or other universes. To achieve the essence of real externality, whether of time or space or dimension, one must forget that such things as organic life, good and evil, love and hate, and all such local attributes of a negligible and temporary race called mankind, have any existence at all…but when we cross the line to the boundless and hideous unknown – the shadow-haunted Outside – we must remember to leave our humanity and terrestrialism at the threshold.”1


 

  1. Letter from Lovecraft to Farnsworth Wright, 5 July 1927, in H.P. Lovecraft, Selected Letters II, 1925-1929, ed. August Derleth and Donald Wandrei (Sauk City: Arkham House, 1968), p. 150.

 

 

5 thoughts on “H.P. Lovecraft: Quote of the Day!

    • Been reading Eugene Thacker’s “In the Dust of This Planet: Horror of Philosophy” and came across this quote… went back to my copy of the letters. Thacker works on the notion that in our moment the barriers between the human and inhuman are coming down, the phenomenal and noumenal separation defined by Kant is slowly dissipating as our understanding of materialism is no longer based on the older “substantial formalisms” of the ancients, so that the sciences have made what we at one time took as solid matter and refined it into an empty husk: a dematerialized world of quantum mechanics full of strings, vibrant energy. A Dionysian reality is what the Sciences give us. Lovecraft in fictional form was showing this breakdown between the limits of our old view and the new one. The point was that the older humanistic views based on substance are dead, that the cosmos is inhuman and completely different that our definitions of it. Our human meanings mean nothing to the Cosmos. In that sense no we are not better off with the geocentric perspective, that would be to fall back into our comforting illusions of reality rather than what reality is: an inhuman realm without human meaning. Of course one can see this as horror, or one can affirm it as the Dionysian realm that Nietzsche spoke of when he said: “Dionysus or Christ?”

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