And people suddenly realized that they remained quite alone, and at once felt a great orphancy. My dear boy, I've never been able to imagine people ungrateful and grown stupid.
Certainly, in Versilov's rendering, these humanitarians "Hasten to love, in order to extinguish the great sadness in their hearts," to, in a slightly different manner than Manent describes, "experience the pleasure of not suffering." If we gaze again at the origin of Versilov's portrait, we witness that all of the love is driven by people's experience that they are "left alone, as they wished: the great former idea has left them," and all at once the people suddenly feel a "great orphancy, which drives them to begin "pressing together more closely and lovingly." (28) Scheler shows that this "'lovingly' stooping to man as a natural being" is the "second step" after the phenomenon of ressentiment against "God," against the symbolic concentration of all positive values.