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Friday, July 6, 2012

Meeting Immortals

There are many, many observations made by C.S. Lewis that are worth quoting, and quoting in full. Some stir up a swelling laughter from deep within your chest; and others leave you pondering for years. The following has caused me to quietly reflect for a long, long time.
"It may be possible for each to think too much of his own potential glory hereafter; it is hardly possible for him to think too often or too deeply about that of his neighbour. The load, or weight, or burden of my neighbour’s glory should be laid daily 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 talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else 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 other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the 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, civilization—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" (C.S. Lewis, "The Weight of Glory", 1942).

May our eyes be opened to the possibilities, and our hearts alive to the potential destinies, of those we "joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit."

Mike

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