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The Machine Will Never Triumph: A Lawrencian Critique of Technology by Farasha Euker

The Machine Will Never Triumph: A Lawrencian Critique of Technology, tentative publication date autumn 2022, is a book with a purpose namely, to heal our burning world by creating a fundamental change in perception of the reader. This will be accomplished through the explication of the writings of D. H. Lawrence. Lawrence’s later poetry is a profound philosophic tome in its own right. This book will first explicate Lawrence’s poetry through his prose, then lead on into further detail through the writings of like-minded thinkers. Finally, the author, Farasha Euker, will tie everything together with a deep philosophical commentary on the texts.

Euker and Lawrence both assert that most of our contemporary woes are caused by an imbalance between our conventional conceptions and the metaphysical underpinning of reality, and our machine-dominated culture, which reinforce one another in a vicious downward spiral. The Machine Will Never Triumph will show that much of our modern technology causes far more harm than good, and shows us a path out of our current technologically induced malaise. The path of modern technological development must stop; and most of the edifice of the modern world needs to be sacrificed, even if it requires falling back into a new dark ages. This book shows why that must happen and how it may come about through a change in consciousness and restoration of a passionate love of Creation.

The first half of The Machine Will Never Triumph will deconstruct our current modern, technological civilization and its underlying religious, philosophic, and scientific structures, which appeared to Lawrence, the author, and many others grounded in traditionalist teachings, as a living nightmare. The second half of the book will put forth a positive philosophy for restoration of a physically and spiritually nourishing civilization, based on Lawrence’s writings and the ancient sources he was most passionate about, namely the Etruscans, the Egyptians, and the pre-Platonic Greeks.

Throughout all of Lawrence’s writings, there is a unitary thread namely, criticism of the modern mechanization and automatization of humanity that has been pursued in the name of money—“which rots the brain, the blood, the bones, the stones, the soul”—and science, along with an exhortation to change one’s life here and now, and how to make those changes to get in touch again with Nature, Life, and the Dark God we cannot see along with the Gods we can attain awareness—and have sense of presence of.

“We know enough. We know too much. We know nothing. Let us smash something. Ourselves included. But the machine above all.” —D. H. Lawrence