Wednesday, July 24, 2013

men without chests

Great post by Chris Brauns:

Our culture clamors for honor – - while making character impossible. It is hypocritical to say that nothing defines what is true and noble – - and then ask young people to act in ways that are decent and good.

C.S. Lewis:
Such is the tragi-comedy of our situation – - we continue to clamour for those very qualities we are rendering impossible. You can hardly open a periodical without coming across the statement that what our civilization needs is more ‘drive,’ or dynamism, or self-sacrifice, or ‘creativity.’ in a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.

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