TTL WITH C.S. LEWIS“People are often unreasonable and self-centered.ForgiveOCTOBER 2012 12 them anyway.If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulteriormotives. Be kind anyway.If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honestanyway.If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happyanyway.The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Dogood anyway.Give the world the best you have and it may never beenough. Give your best anyway.For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. Itwas never between you and them anyway.”― Mother Teresa
Ch 22 So! Your young man is in love… Out at sea, out in His sea, there is pleasure, and more pleasure. What is God‟s purpose in
Silence andMusic p 170Or NOISE!For tomorrow, I know, all those Who girls and boysWill wake bright and early. Theyll rush for their toys!""And then...all the noise! All the noise, noise, noise, noise!If theres one thing I hate...all the noise, noise, noise, noise!And theyll shriek, squeak, and squeal racing round on theirwheels,Then dance with jin-tinglers tied onto their heels!""Theyll blow their flu-flubers, theyll bang their tar-tinkers,Theyll blow their hoo-hoovers, theyll bang their gar-dinkers!Theyll beat their trum-tookers, theyll slam their sloo-slunkers!Theyll beat their blum-blookers, theyll wham their hoo-whunkers!""And theyll play noisy games, like Zoo-Zivver-Car-Zay,A rollerskate-type of LaCrosse and croquet!
Ch 23 Theology, Politics, and Jesus I find that the best point of attack would be the borderline between theology and politics. Several of his new friends are very much alive to the social implications of their religion…(171)
Jes usWe thus distract men‟s mindsfrom who He is and what He did.We first make Him solely ateacher…besides beingunhistorical in the Jesus itdepicts, religion of this kind isfalse to history in another sense.No nation, and few individuals,are really brought into theEnemy‟s camp by the historicalstudy of the biography ofJesus…The earliest convertswere converted by a singlehistorical fact (the Resurrection)and a single theological doctrine(the Redemption) operating on asense of sin they already had….
"Christ is one of the family now. I often wonder if God recognizes his own son the wayweve dressed him up, or is it dressed him down? Hes regular peppermint stick now, allsugar crystal and saccharine - when he isnt making veiled references to certaincommercial products that ever worshiper absolutely needs." (Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit451)
He must be made to feel…‟how different we Christians are‟;and by „we Christians‟ he must really, but unknowingly,mean „my set…. (174) Chapter 24Have you ever excluded someone (even withoutmeaning to) who didn‟t “belong”? Have you everbeen excluded because you didn‟t “belong”?
What we want, if men become Christians at all, is tokeep them in the state of mind I call „Christianity And.‟(175) Chapter 25
Your greedy little soul is finally satisfied with a diet drink ByTim NuddIs that all there is?Diet drinks, like life, usually leave you wanting more. Not Coca-Cola Zero. It will satisfy even the most obnoxiously hard-to-please soda drinker, according to Crispin Porter + Boguskys new spot, which launches this weekend and ushers in a new brand positioning for the zero-calorie cola.The commercial—running online as a :60 and on TV as a :30—follows a guy who aint ever satisfied from his youth into young adulthood. He doesnt want a plain cone; he wants it loaded with candy. He isnt impressed by a skateboarding dog; he wants it to be Tony Hawk. He bargains for more from potential employers, and a whole lot more from female clerks at the clothing store. Plenty of good things come his way, but hes always ready with a signature catchphrase: "And?" In the end, of course, Coke Zero stops him in his tracks. Taking a swig at a restaurant with friends, he pauses, flabbergasted—and finally utters a heartfelt "Thank you." The world—or at least some sugar water—has finally met his lofty expectations.The spot is nicely pieced together, with rapid-fire montages that illustrate the characters overactive imagination. The actor himself, Chad Jamian Williams, has a bit of an Adam Sandler thing going on—contemptible and entitled but in a comically conniving way that makes him somewhat tolerable. (He even looks like Sandler.) And as a simple summation of what consumers tend to crave these days, it doesnt get much more pointed than the word "And."The ad also introduces a new tagline: "Enjoy everything." But if it teaches us anything, its that people these days enjoy almost nothing, as they neurotically pursue bigger, better, and more. It seems unlikely that Coke Zero will change any of that. But at
How do our “high and holy” prayers prevent authentic worship?Ch 27 False spirituality is always to be encouraged. On the seemingly pious ground that „praise and communion with God is the true prayer‟, humans can often be lured into direct disobedience to the Enemy …[who] has definitely told them to pray for their daily bread and the recovery of their sick. (179)
Ch 28 Perseverance You see, it is so hard for these creatures to persevere. (181)
Hatred, Cowardice, and Shame Ch 29 To be greatly and effectively wicked a man needs some virtue…hatred is best combined with Fear…Hatred is also a great anodyne for shame.
COURAGE…courage is not simply one of the virtues, but theform of every virtue at the testing point, whichmeans, at the highest point of reality. (184)
Ch 30 Fatigue and Exhaustion The paradoxical thing is that moderate fatigue is better soil for peevishness than absolute exhaustion.