D. H. Lawrence’s “Escape” Offers a Vision of the Entrepreneur’s Journey
by D. H. Lawrence
When we get out of the glass bottles of our own ego,
and when we escape like squirrels from turning in the cages of our personality
and get into the forest again,
we shall shiver with cold and fright
but things will happen to us
so that we don’t know ourselves.
Cool, unlying life will rush in,
and passion will make our bodies taut with power,
we shall stamp our feet with new power
and old things will fall down,
we shall laugh, and institutions will curl up like burnt paper.
Many will also die of cold in the forest, or look around and decide to go back and live in the cage.
Others will decide to build new cages and squirrel wheels.
Not everything that is old will fall down or whither.
But there is a sense of possibility and self-actualization and revolution in entrepreneurship that Lawrence captures evocatively.