If you read or watch the news these days it could get pretty discouraging: war, financial collapse, uprisings, oil spills, political rancor, wickedness and outright evil. It brings to mind a famous quote by Ernest Hemingway:
“The world is a fine place and worth fighting for.”
I thought about this as I considered what I could do to make this world a better place. As a matter of fact, there are people throughout our great country who do exactly that; fighting the good fight to make this world a better place. As a Christian, I realize that this world is not our home, but while we are here I recognize that God has made us stewards over His creation and so we should work to keep it as He intended. I also realize that we are in the last days of this world and that God will be establishing His Kingdom on earth, but when this will happen nobody knows. So until then, I can agree that “the world is a fine place and worth fighting for.”
While researching this quote I came across two versions of it, the second having an additional thought attached to it:
“The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it.”
Although Ernest Hemingway was raised in a Christian home he is considered one of the notable atheists of our time. In another of his famous quotes, “all thinking men are atheists,” he expresses himself as a “thinking man” and maligns any person of faith.
Looking at his “the world is a fine place” quote it’s no wonder that he would say “and I hate very much to leave it”. We Christians know that there is life after death, and that the day we leave this world will be the best day of our life. Perhaps we will not want to go because our family and friends will mourn, or perhaps we feel like we have not done all we could have done, or other altruistic reasons. But in Hemingway’s case, he very much hated to leave the world most likely because he believed there was nothing beyond the grave.
Ironically, for a man who thought that the world was a fine place and worth the fighting for, and that he would hate very much to leave it, leave it he did by his own hand. On July 2, 1961 Ernest Hemingway committed suicide.
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