I love the article, especially for bringing the thinkers discussed into my own understanding. However, as I think about reality and the reality of what is called the “world”, it appears to me that the “world” is not the majority of people but rather only those who are arrogant enough to try to be “the world”. The majority of people are not causing violence against others. No, it is a small minority who are doing so.
Similarly, the majority of people are not trying to prohibit or undermine religion or its practice. No, it is a minority of those who in essence rule. Nevertheless, the majority of people are then impacted by those actions. I do realize that the writers are looking at the big picture and large swaths of intellectual movements, the essentials of which are often distorted in the course of their distillates working down to the ordinary folks through popular culture.
Nevertheless, I am not convinced that the majority of human beings are taking us down – while also true that as “sheep” they often just go along, joining in and feeling part of the acceptable.
A second thought, I as an individual cannot make any of this change for the entire world. I do not have the mind to create any major impact in any philosophical movement. At the same time, I am decidedly not a sitting duck, being a victim of the distortions surrounding me. I can indeed respond to these distortions by not joining in, by shooting off my two-cents worth as best I can in social media (if anyone ever listens to anything other than their own pre-conceived notions and set of beliefs), by getting my own life in order. My first responsibility is to live my own life in the best way I can.
Thirdly, God makes converts, not us. All we can do is tell the truth. We are not going to “talk people into belief.” It appears to me that often people can hear the truth that God has for them only at certain points and certain life contexts. In the end conversion to a relationship with God is an individual matter. And no one ever has control over that point in a person’s history. Some never get there until they are at their very last breath.
Gerald and Gudrun remain, and Loerke continues to pursue Gudrun. One afternoon she and Loerke are on a picnic that Gerald violently interrupts. Gerald knocks Loerke to the ground and strangles Gudrun nearly to death. He stomps away deeper into the mountains as the sun falls. He freezes to death and his body is brought back to the hostel the next morning by a rescue team. Gudrun sends a telegram to Birkin and Ursula, who return immediately. Birkin is devastated, and the novel ends with him insisting to Ursula that he believes a lasting and intimate bond with Gerald was possible, even while remaining married to Ursula.