Wednesday, June 07, 2006

C.S. Lewis on the Danger of the "Inner Circle"

In a recent editorial for World Magazine, Andrée Seu quotes C.S. Lewis on the human lust for access to the inner ring. Speaking to the University of London's King's College in 1944, Lewis said:
I believe that in all men's lives at certain periods, and in many men's lives at all periods . . . , one of the most dominant elements is the desire to be inside the local ring and the terror of being left outside. . . . Unless you take measures to prevent it, this desire is going to be one of the chief motives of your life. . . . Any other kind of life, if you lead it, will be the result of conscious and continuous effort.

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