human beings are of no matter or appreciable value in this nonchalant universe

human beings are of no matter or appreciable value in this nonchalant universe

Thomas Hardy, Preface to Moments of Vision

He wrote these poems to ‘mortify the human sense of self importance by showing, or suggesting, that human beings are of no matter or appreciable value in this nonchalant universe’. In other words, to dismantle the Judeo-Christian idea of the imago dei, the value of human beings.

Anyone who has read Jude the Obscure will recognise the despair his worldview evokes.

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