Saturday, May 30, 2009

Joseph Conrad, "Heart of Darkness"

In this story of the dark jungle and the evil powers seemingly hiding within it, there is also a strong strain of spirituality. In a sense, it's the story of selfish, groveling human beings held, unknowingly, in the center of an infinite force that knows exactly what it's about. There may be a lack of human 'peace' (i.e., happiness, contentment), but there's no lack of harmony. The jungle and the river and the universe are working together just as they should. The following quote portrays this:

"And this stillness of life did not in the least resemble a peace. It was the stillness of an implacable force brooding over an inscrutable intention."
The word "force" in that sentence could be replaced by "God". 

No comments: