February 10, 2008

C. S. Lewis quotes

Here are a couple C. S. Lewis quotes from an essay called "The Seeing Eye" in a collection called Christian Reflections. The first is advice on how to avoid God.

Avoid silence, avoid solitude, avoid any train of thought that leads off the beaten track. Concentrate on money, sex, status, health and (above all) on your own grievances. Keep the radio on [were he writing today I'm sure he would replace radio with TV]. Live in a crowd. Use plenty of sedation. if you must read books, select them very carefully. But you'd be safer to stick to the papers [and even better, the internet]. You'll find the advertisements helpful; especially those with a sexy or snobbish appeal.
And here's one that made me chuckle. Remember that the British Lewis wrote this in 1963.

[I am not] much concerned about the "space race" between America and Russia. The more money, time, skill and zeal they both spend on that rivalry, the less, we may hope, they will have to spend on armaments. Great powers might be more usefully, but are seldom less dangerously, employed than in fabricating costly objects and flinging them, as you might say, overboard. Good luck to it! It is an excellent way of letting off steam.

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