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Thus Quoth – 4.3.11


CS Lewis

The secular community, since it exists for our natural good and not for our supernatural, has no higher end than to facilitate and safeguard the family, and friendship, and solitude.  To be happy at home, said Johnson, is the end of all human endeavor.

As long as we are thinking only of natural values we may say that the sun looks down on nothing half so good as a household laughing together over a meal, or two friends talking over a pint of beer, or a man alone reading a book that interests him; and all that economies, politics, laws, armies, and institutions, save insofar as they prolong and multiply such scene, are merely plowing the sand and sowing the ocean, a meaningless vanity and vexation of spirit.

— Weight of Glory, ‘ Membership’

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