Friday Faves: Two Quotes from C.S. Lewis

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.

Happy Friday!

4 thoughts on “Friday Faves: Two Quotes from C.S. Lewis

  1. Will S. says:

    Yes, both C.S. Lewis and his countryman G.K. Chesterton were indeed believers in democracy precisely because they distrusted the self-appointed elites, with good reason.

    But what to do when democracy is itself broken?

    When the elites can engineer the desired electoral outcomes they desire by various means, fair and/or foul, over and against the will of most people?

    I wish I knew…

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  2. Elspeth says:

    Our democracy is broken, and I don’t know what it looks like next.

    I do believe the pendulum will eventually swing away from this madness, but it won’t be pretty.

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  3. nellperkins says:

    When I was young, somewhere or the other and more than once, I heard grown-ups — I think very old ones — exclaim “no king but King Jesus!” It must be some kind of deep American Christian kind of thing, even though you can’t get more English than Lewis & Chesterton, so there’s that.

    In my 20s, there used to be a billboard here that said “Jesus is Lord of Knoxville!” I thought that was a little creepy at the time because I was an agnostic and becoming a neopagan witch. (Oh the spiritual places I’ve been!) Now I repeat it to myself to reassure myself that the world hasn’t gone completely and totally nuts.

    I think mighty poorly of third wave feminism, but I believe in votes for women exactly for the reason Lewis was a democrat. Women are quite fallen and frequently quite stupid, but look at the record of the men. Both sexes fell and for both sexes, boy, it shows.

    To fix this mess, it’s going to take first revival and then something akin to the Civil Rights Movement. Lord, please grant that this time the movement never ever stops praying!

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  4. professorGBFMtm2021 says:

    ELSPETH
    My fave quote of c.s. lewis?
    1.”The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles,but to irrigate deserts”!
    It reminds me of this ”heart” in ’87 quote!
    ”You don’t know what its like living on your own,you’ve always had me beside you!
    You think its easy, to find someone who cares as much as I do?
    What’s going to happen baby,when you find theres no one to cry to”?
    ELSPETHP.S.This not gen-x onward?
    BIBLEP.S.”But if the watchman sees the sword come,&blows not the trumpet to warn the people&the sword comes&takes any persons life,that persons life will be taken because of their inquity,but I will hold the blood accountable to the watchman”!That of course is from ole’ ezekeil33:6!First time you seen me quote scripture right elspeth?

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