The World is a Fine Place and Worth Fighting For

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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The World is a Fine Place and Worth Fighting For — 13 Comments

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  2. What happened to your post Hated by the World? I put it on Facebook and now the link doesn’t work. What happened?

  3. OMG! This sounds like the opposite of Hated by the world! What’s up with you?

  4. Your analysis is silly. The quote is not from Hemingway himself. The quote is by a character in a fiction novel written by Hemingway. Do you consider everything an author puts in a fiction book to be their own way of thinking about the world? You should do better research than to grab a sound bite from the internet out of context and use it to write a nonsense opinion.

  5. Thanks for your comment Sam your opinion is appreciated. You may have missed the point though. Yes, the quote “The World is a Fine Place and Worth Fighting For” comes from the Hemmingway novel “For Whom the Bell Tolls“, and is not expressed as his own take on life, but rather that of his character. The point of my original post was to take that quote’s idea, which I agree with, and take it to a deeper spiritual level, which I believe you missed, in the context of Hemmingway’s atheism. Also consider that while authors of fiction create dialogue and quotes “in character”, this stuff does originate in their own heads shaped by their own experiences and points of view.

  6. Still can’t help wondering how much more effort Christians would put into extending the olive branch, caring for the poor, being meek and humble, pretty much all the tough, painful uneasy stuff Jesus preached about…I can’t help wonder if they’d try harder to accomplish those things if they did not know that when they die they’re going to a better place. I guess we will never know. Not accusing you personally, but it sure seems like much of your base kinda has a “screw it, its Rapture time” attitude. I just saw your blog randomly while looking up this quote, if I may ask, what are your thoughts on the separation of Church and State?

  7. Thanks for sharing your opinion Trey. It sounds like you’ve had some experience with hypocrites professing one thing and doing another. That’s unfortunate. I don’t know that it’s fair to characterize our readers in the way in which you have – given the content on Bible or Not I don’t know where you get the “screw it” attitiude from. Maybe your overall life experience has influenced your opinion? And as for church and state, I believe in liberty to worship as the framers of our country did. I think government restriction on expressing one’s faith, provided that expression does not harm others, is unconstitutional. Government imposed atheism is just as bad as any other government imposed religion, and yes, atheism is a religion.

  8. admin:….. The thoughts and ideas expressed in the characters we create do originate in our own heads from the experiances weve had. i agree with that. But that does not mean that they are our opinions. Alot of times they are used sarcasticaly to express opinions of other people that we find ridiculous and amusing. Hemingway strongly disagreed with idea of the world being “a good place”. Dostoyevski wrote two chapters in The Brothers Karimizov that are considered two of the strongest areguements against the existance of god ever written……He was a devout christian that beleived that christ like love would prevail over mankind. So…..insinuating that our characters saying certain things means that we beleive in them is bending the truth if not breaking it. P.S. Atheism is the lack of any religion. They dont follow any path laid down and there are no set of rules or laws that govern them. but….then again….all of this is just my opinion. So….take it was you will. All feedback is amicably accepted.

  9. Very thoughful response and much appreciated. I will concede that Ernest Hemmingway’s characters should not be seen as proxies of his own thoughts and beliefs – so we agree that while his writings and characters were most definitely shaped by his own experience, like any good writer, I am sure that he stretched beyond his own experience in his creativity. Also, a trait of those who delve into philosophy as Dostoyevski did is having the the ability to take an opposing view to one’s beliefs and exercise the argument. So, just because Hemmingway wrote “The world is a fine place and worth fighting for”, doesn’t mean he beileved it (IMHO i think he did, just like most of us).

    Now as for your atheism comment, while atheism is the absence of a belief in God, it is a belief nonetheless. I have come across atheists that are just as passionate about their faith, that there is no God, as the born again Christian is about their Savior. So once again, IMHO, atheism is for sure a religious belief and a matter of faith.

    Thanks again for contributing, very enjoyable dialogue.

  10. Religion- A pursuit or interest to which someone ascribes supreme importance. Touche….. I started looking into it a little harder after i read your comment. You definately dont need to believe in a god to have a religion. Enjoyed the stimulating conversation admin. Do you have any more essays on this site?

  11. Thanks for the convo bradydacey. I try to post a couple times per week, sometimes light sometimes deep, it depends. Feel free to search through the site for something that may be of interest, or just subscribe and get email alerts when a new item is posted. Thanks again, Steve.

  12. “The world is a fine place and worth fighting for”
    short and complex, looking outside the box. “Worth fighting for”.
    We all have something “worth fighting for”. From religion to life it self. As far as I know the fight never stops.

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