Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Immortal Horrors or Everlasting Splendors

A quote from CS Lewis comparing the two eventual destinies of all humanity:

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 strongly be tempted to worship, or else a horror and 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 circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another. All friendships, all love, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilization - these things are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals who we work with, joke with, marry, snub and exploit - immortal horrors or everlasting splendours.

This is a sobering perspective, and has made me reconsider the way I approach my conversations and interactions with people.

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