What Is D.H.Lawrence's Blood Philosophy?


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Will Martin answered
DH Lawrence once wrote, "My great religion is a belief in the blood, as the flesh being wiser than the intellect. We can go wrong in our minds, but what our blood feels and believes and says, is always true."

To lawrence, the "blood" meant instinct, life force and the unspoken connection that binds societies together. He rejected intellect, science and also religions, like Christianity, that required people to suppress their instincts. As a writer he is most remembered for the explicit sexual content of his novels, but he valued sex mainly as an expression of ancient (ie "blood") feelings and instincts untainted by modern society.

Believing that an industrialised, highly organised modern Western world was becoming detached from "real" life, he was increasingly fascinated by "blood" religions such as the death sacrifices of the ancient Aztecs; and hierearchical societies where people were bound by a "blood connection" rather than looser ties like friendship or self-interest.

Although Lawrence believed he was rejecting the 20th century with his "blood philospophy," ironically many of his theories about instinct, blood sacrifice and submission to a "natural" leader were early expressions of that most 20th-century of belief systems, Fascism.
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Dora Theexplorer
Dora Theexplorer commented
What was your source? I'm assigned to do a presentation on Lawrence's philosophy and I found your comment pretty useful. Thank you in advance!
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Also please refer to the correct quote:
"My great religion is a belief in the blood, the flesh, as being wiser
than the intellect. We can go wrong in our minds. But what our blood
feels and believes and says, is always true. The intellect is only a bit
and a bridle."

This is known as Lawrence's "belief in the blood" speech. It's important to
understand that Lawrence wasn't so much anti-intellectual as he was
anti-self-conscious. He was himself both self-conscious and
intellectual, and therefore knew that these things came at a high price.
So here then is the first part of that speech:
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Lawrence did not reject intellect, science and religions at all! He believed in a conjunction of them with instinct.Completely incorrect.

His said that science was PERFECT as far as it goes,but to think that it could exhaust all human knowledge was puerile.

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