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Thus Quoth – 3.27.11

03.27.2011

And now your double-dose of CS Lewis:

The load, or weight, of my neighbour’s glory should be laid on my back, a load so heavy that only humility can carry it, and the backs of the proud will be broken.  It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would strongly be tempted to worship, or a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare.

All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or the other of these destinations.  It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. 

There are no ordinary people.  You have never talked to a mere mortal.  Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations — these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat.  But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit — immortal horrors or everlasting splendours.

— The Weight of Glory

And…

A good author (whose name I have forgotten) asks somewhere, ‘Have we never risen from our knees in haste for fear God’s will should become too unmistakable if we prayed longer?

— Weight of Glory, ‘A Slip of the Tongue’

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