One of the wisest books ever written, an interpretation of one of the most bizarre and horrifying religious texts in the world. Lawrence sticks it to not only self righteous Christians, but also to smug rationalists, and those enthralled by the terrible delusions of Utopianism, and "progress". A truly joyous read!
This book is an interpretation of John of Patmos's `Apocalypse' along the lines of Nietzsche's philosophy: the will-to-power, aristocracy v. democracy, Christianity as a destroyer of paganism and the fruits of the earth, anti-reason and anti-science stances.
Man, the will-to-power `Man wants his physical fulfillment first, the marvel of being alive in the flesh, to be part of the cosmic life of vitality, potency, prowess and power. Cosmic power is phallic power (fertility).' `The primal, old-Adamic need in a man's soul is to be master, lord.'
Aristocracy v. Democracy An aristocrat acts from a position of strength, a democrat from a position of weakness. `Socialists hate all free, upstanding, daunting men. A democracy is bound to be obscene, composed of false individualities.'
Anti-reason, anti-science For D.H. Lawrence, the Logos is the evil snake. Man's fall is the fall into knowledge' `The final condition of science, of modern physics and physicists is a naked and disembodied universe. The atom has turned into nothingness.'
Christianity, paganism Christianity is a `thou-shalt-not' doctrine. It denies the body and creates misery out of vital want. It is the religion of `death', of the dead body and the postponed reward. The old religions were cults of vitality, potency and power. They were religions of `life'. Christianity destroyed paganism in the Western world.
The Apocalypse (Revelation) The first part of the book calls for a renewed world under the Messiah. The second half is full of hate of worldly power. It expresses a lust for the end of the world. It is the equivalent of suicide with subsequent self-glorification. Therefore, indirectly, it is the revelation of the undying will-to-power, its final triumph: `if the entire universe has to be destroyed, still, O Christian, you shall reign as a king and set your foot on the necks of the old bosses.'
This book is an original (but one of the many) analysis of the message(s) hidden in John of Patmos's book. But D.H. Lawrence's Nietzschean condemnations of science, reason and democracy are totally unacceptable. Only for H.H. Lawrence fans and `Apocalypse' scholars.
This is a classic? But i found it boring. And i didn't read that much of it, because it seemed very dated and boring and actually just silly and incomprehensible, at length, going on about Lenin being a saint and that sort of thing.