Lovecraft's Mythos Denies Humanity Rather than Upholds It

The weird realism that runs through his writings undermines any belief system—religious or humanist—in which the human mind is the center of the universe. There is a tendency nowadays to think of the world in which we live as an artefact of mind or language: a human construction. For Lovecraft, human beings are too feeble to shape a coherent view of the universe. Our minds are specks tossed about in the cosmic melee; though we look for secure foundations, we live in perpetual free fall. With its emphasis on the radical contingency of the human world, this is a refreshing alternative to the anthropocentric philosophies in which so many find intellectual reassurance. It may seem an unsettling view of things; but an inhuman cosmos need not be as horrific as Lovecraft seems to have found it.

He is often described as misanthropic, but this isn’t quite right—a true misanthrope would find the inhumanity of the universe liberating. There is no intrinsic reason why a universe in which people are marginal should be a horror-inducing place. A world vastly larger and stranger than any the human mind can contain could just as well evoke a sense of excitement or an acceptance of mystery.


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 H.P. Lovecraft Invented a Horrific World to Escape a Nihilistic Universe
Electronic/World Wide Web>Internet Article:  Gray, John (October 24, 2014), H.P. Lovecraft Invented a Horrific World to Escape a Nihilistic Universe, New Republic, Retrieved on 2015-11-30
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     HP Lovecraft's Anti-Humanist Atheism

    Leave your humanity at the threshold when venturing into the cosmic void.