Today I am pondering the state of things around us. i do not refer simply to the headlines of the day, but what those headlines tell us about the state of the world and the human condition. To that end, I’ve chosen to C.S. Lewis quotes to feature. The first is his description of why he believes in democracy. The second is the danger of worshiping anything other than the king of Kings.
To clarify, when Lewis says, ‘I am a democrat” in this first quote, he is not referring to a political party or movement, but to a political philosophy under which men have a say and a stake in the way they are governed.
I am a democrat because I believe in the Fall of Man. I think most people are democrats for the opposite reason. A great deal of democratic enthusiasm descends from the ideas of people like Rousseau, who believed in democracy because they thought mankind so wise and good that everyone deserved a share in the government. The danger of defending democracy on those grounds is that they’re not true. And whenever their weakness is exposed, the people who prefer tyranny make capital out of the exposure… The real reason for democracy is just the reverse. Mankind is so fallen that no man can be trusted with unchecked power over his fellows. Aristotle said that some people were only fit to be slaves. I do not contradict him. But I reject slavery because I see no men fit to be masters.
This quote speaks for itself as we find our entire cultural trajectory being pushed to and fro by the angst, whims, and delusions of blue checked celebrities of Twitter and other social media. Do you not find it absurd that we are being governed in reaction to things referred to as “tweets”? I certainly do. But we worship absurdity, and so absurd we have become:
“Where men are forbidden to honour a king they honour millionaires, athletes, or film-stars instead: even famous prostitutes or gangsters. For spiritual nature, like bodily nature, will be served; deny it food and it will gobble poison.”
Just some food for thought.