We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive. — C.S. Lewis
Reason is the natural organ of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning. — C.S. Lewis
There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind. — C.S. Lewis
To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable. — C.S. Lewis
This is the week for quotes from the writings of C.S. Lewis, as Friday of this week (Nov. 22) marks the 50th anniversary of his death. Lewis was quite famous as, among other things, a writer, professor of English literature at Cambridge and Oxford, and a broadcaster of encouraging messages during Britain’s darkest days of World War II. Although he was well-known, news of his death was overshadowed by the assassination of John F. Kennedy on the same day.
In many ways Lewis was ahead of his time, as evidenced by some of the things he had to say… or perhaps the truths he observed and expressed are simply timeless.
In any case I selected a few above which seemed relevant to MKMMA.
In Scroll II Og Mandino writes of love. Good words, mostly.
There’s one part I choke on every time I pass over it, however. “I will love the beautiful for their eyes of sadness; I will love the ugly for their souls of peace.”
First, who is to make any determination of beauty or ugliness? “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” That’s a subjective determination, an opinion, if you will, which we (hopefully) learned to eschew, and (hopefully) for more than a week.
And is Og talking about outward, physical, appearance? “Man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks on the heart.”
I now have extreme difficulty thinking of anyone as ugly. As one example, I think of many, mostly women, in places such as Pakistan or India, who have been victims of acid attacks. (I will post no pictures, but you can search acid attack victims.) I can only think of the feelings they’ve experienced. Ugly is the tortured, black soul who could perpetrate such an act.
Years, even decades ago I had a boss who referred to an employee as ugly. To my shame I allowed the comment in and did not challenge it. The memory is still there, and the regret.
So, with apologies I’ll explain that I’m not criticizing Mr. Mandino. His literary devices are admirable. But that’s one I simply have to skip over or modify as I go by.
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