john asked in Education & ReferenceQuotations · 8 months ago

what does this Lovecraft quote mean?

To shake off the maddening and wearying limitations of time and space and natural law—to be linked with the vast outside—to come close to the nighted and abysmal secrets of the infinite and the ultimate—surely such a thing was worth the risk of one’s life, soul, and sanity!

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  • 8 months ago

    The quote refers to the attempt at going beyond the limitations of human perception. For instance, the human brain is finite, and thus cannot quite grasp infinity. If we were to break away from our human frailty, somehow escape our human limits (our human nature), we could then understand infinity. Lovecraft warns that to do this, to suddenly perceive and understand what humans can t, is to either go insane (having "broken" our minds) or cease to be human. This often happens in Lovecraft s stories: a human sees something or does something that causes them to perceive a "truth" that cannot be processed by their finite brains, and thus they go insane or become part of the phenomena (usually a monster of cosmic horror).

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  • martin
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    8 months ago

    It's a description of how much people want to know things about the universe.

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