“Do you think it’s easy to change? Alas, it is very hard to change and
be different. It means passing through the waters of oblivion.” —
DH Lawrence, also know as Lawrence of Arabia, was an incredibly disciplined man. He was a soldier, a warrior, a writer, and a philosopher. Reviewing this brief biography of DH Lawrence will put the man in more perspective and add more meaning to this quote.
Yet even such a man, with years of military discipline, living for months at a time in the harsh desert, having to adapt to unknown cultures — yet even such a man tells us that “it is hard to change and to be different!”
There are two issues:
(1) It is difficult to change and maintain the changes; and
(2) It is difficult to be different from most other people.
The pressure of he crowd is difficult to resist. As human beings, we are social animals connected with a group mind or a collective unconscious. We feel strongly the united emotional play of any groups that we are in.
DH Lawrence had a conceptual ability that was more advanced than those around him. He viewed of the world and life through a different pair of classes. He could see complex relationships and cause-effect changes of events that few other noticed. He was a difficult man to trick, or con, or persuade.
He maintained his unique world view, but again, he reports that it was not easy to “be different.” It is not easy to stand on your own values and speak your own truth to authority or to an angry mob.”
How difficult did DH Lawrence find it to develop a rational philosophy of life and not surrender it for a mere sense of superficial belonging. How hard was it for him to maintain his own ideas in the face of the social pressure of the tribe and the threat of the mob (group mind)? He put it this way:
To change and to be different from your fellows
“means passing through the waters of oblivion.”
We can all learn to change and embrace a sober and responsible way of life. It will be much easier to maintain that change if we surround ourselves with like-minded people.
LIVE SOBER – BE RESPONSIBLE – LIVE FREE