August 18, 2009

Beyond Personality by C.S. Lewis - Part 2

Another quote from this thought-provoking read:

"And the present state of things is this. The two kinds of
life are now not only different (they'd always have been
that, I think) but actually opposed. The natural life in each
of us is something self-centred, something that wants to be
petted and admired, to take advantage of other lives, to
exploit the whole universe. And specially it wants to be
left to itself: to keep well away from anything better or
stronger or higher than it, anything that might make it feel
small. It's afraid of the light and air of the spiritual world,
just as people who've been brought up to be dirty are afraid
of a bath. And in a sense it's quite right. It knows that if
the spiritual life gets hold of it, all its self-centredness and
self-will are going to be killed and it's ready to fight tooth
and nail to avoid that." (Lewis, 25)

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