Tuesday, March 15, 2011
One last thought....
"Hence a man's reaction to Monarchy is a kind of test. Monarchy can easily be debunked; but watch the faces, mark well the accents, of the debunkers. These are the men whose tap-root in Eden has been cut: whom no rumour of the polyphony, the dance, can reach -- men to whom pebbles laid in a row are more beautiful than an arch. Yet even if they desire mere equality, they cannot reach it. Where men are forbidden to honour a king, they honour millionaires, athletes, or film-stars instead: even famous prostitutes or gangsters. For spiritual nature, like bodily nature, will be served; deny it food and it will gobble poison."
"In the same way, under the necessary outer covering of legal equality, the whole hierarchical dance and harmony of our deep and joyously accepted spiritual inequalities should be alive."
The latter is from his essay "Equality" and can be read in full here: http://diwanggising.multiply.com/journal/item/64/Equality_An_Essay_by_CS_Lewis_1944
In no way does this mean I agree with some of his spiritual beliefs but reading his thoughts almost makes me want believe in something the way he did. I'm not blind to his faults as a writer or as a person, but I will say that at the heart of all his writing there is some thing highly profound and tangibly sincere. Its real and it makes you think about life whether you want to or not.