Late night philosophy always fun…
In Lovecraftian stories humans are useless, weak, pointless. Instead of a foe that can be overcome, we have a foe in which we cannot even understand, let alone fight. Instead we are left with the hope that the powers greater than us may simply not notice our existence. Now people may ignore what lessons we can learn from this meaning behind some of the greatest horror stories ever written, saying this is a negative philosophy to live by, simply existing just to produce a terrifying universe. I mean, we don’t want to think of ourselves as meaningless, right?
That train of thought only highlights why we can’t throw away this idea of being meaningless.
We have all been brought up to believe we are special, that we can do anything. Now this is good for the growing mind, for the young who are still finding their place. It is important to leave growing minds with no known barriers, so they can explore what is right and wrong for them, with a little guidance of course.
What is an issue is when that train of thought continues into adult life. It is important to know ones barriers. For instance, if a man is drowning in a river, being swept away by the strong current, and another man sees this, if he does not understand his limits, he may jump in to aid the man, then find himself carried away by the tide too, thus creating two dead instead of the possible one. A wise man would instead seek people who have power beyond his own to save him, such as the coast guard or the fire service. Or the man may seek an item that has the power to save the man, such as a life-saver or a similar flotation device. To save the man in the current, you must know your limits, and willingly accept that there are those who have greater power than you.
Accepting there are greater powers than you isn’t easy, we all want to be the main character, or an important person to a grand plan. Even in Christianity, where they all accept God is greater than them, they still have the belief they are part of this perfect plan, and without them the plan would fall apart (as suggested by it being the perfect plan. This is, if you’re a Jung-follower like myself, because of the ego being so close to the way we perceive ourselves. It is even harder to accept greater powers than ourselves when we cannot empathise with them. You see all the arguments online stem from a criticism of a country. Those in the country empathise with it, and for the power of the country to be lesser than another’s, in any area, creates conflict. Image how greater this is of a task if the power isn’t resembling human.
But why is the acceptance of inferiority a need for humanity?
Humanity has just discovered a being which fails to respond to any way of communication. It instead wonders about, a tone of pure evil emanating from it, giving everyone the creeps. It’s walking destroys a few houses, but nothing that bad. Humans do experiments on the being, checking power level, take a small sample of skin, etc. They find it unbelievably powerful. Now the evilness being given off worries a certain world leader (honestly got no single leader in mind).
This world leader, maybe because of the sense of evilness, maybe because it might get public approval if they destroy it, decides they must pt humanity against this creature in a dick measuring contest. They drop a nuke on it, maybe 5 nukes….and it does nothing. Except the creature now sees the humans around them as pests that have annoyed it, and being evil it destroys us all. Just because we wanted to show our meaningless power.
Or you can look at the plot to the A.I. war video games, in which robots have basically enslaved us, and the only way to fight back is with a resistance purposely so small that the robots don’t notice and don’t bring there God-power ships to destroy you and humanity.
Of course this may possibly never happen, and there will be other less lovecrafian examples out there, but I’m all about that Lovecraft. But to sum up, basically we won’t always be able to provide a solution to a problem far greater than us, that is so huge it in fact doesn’t effect us. Sometimes humility is our greatest weapon and our best defense.
And if a great power does come looking for destruction, we best pray they deem us less than ants.
Well that’s a piece I just pulled out of nowhere, there’s bound to be issues. Hope it raises discussion. Would love to get talking about Lovecraftian philosophy.