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C.S. Lewis quote about Change

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C.S. Lewis quote about Change

Postby mabhersch » 18 Dec 2008, 08:26

I recently read a C.S. Lewis quote about 'change' - how the future holds more good things than the past we are leaving behind. Does anyone know the exact wording?

Thanks!
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Re: C.S. Lewis quote about Change

Postby Nerd42 » 29 Apr 2010, 01:55

Wow nobody answered this in all this time? This deserves an answer anyway.

The quote comes from one of my favorite books of all time, "The Abolition of Man" - a book I recommend everyone read, no seriously everyone read it now. Get off the Internet run to the bookstore or library or click here or whatever but find it and read it right now, I don't care what time it is because you need to read this book. It's short! You can do it :)

Anyway here is the quote on change:
C. S. Lewis wrote:"A theorist about language may approach his native tongue, as it were from outside, regarding its genius as a thing that has no claim on him and advocating wholesale alterations of its idiom and spelling in the interests of commercial convenience or scientific accuracy. That is one thing. A great poet, who has 'loved, and been well nurtured in, his mother tongue', may also make great alterations in it, but his changes of the language are made in the spirit of the language itself: he works from within. The language which suffers, has also inspired the changes. That is a different thing—as different as the works of Shakespeare are from Basic English. It is the difference between alteration from within and alteration from without: between the organic and the surgical. In the same way, the Tao admits development from within. There is a difference between a real moral advance and a mere innovation. From the Confucian 'Do not do to others what you would not like them to do to you' to the Christian 'Do as you would be done by' is a real advance. The morality of Nietzsche is a mere innovation. The first is an advance because no one who did not admit the validity of the old maxim could see reason for accepting the new one, and anyone who accepted the old would at once recognize the new as an extension of the same principle. If he rejected it, he would have to reject it as a superfluity, something that went too far, not as something simply heterogeneous from his own ideas of value. But the Nietzschean ethic can be accepted only if we are ready to scrap traditional morals as a mere error and then to put ourselves in a position where we can find no ground for any value judgements at all. It is the difference between a man who says to us: 'You like your vegetables moderately fresh; why not grow your own and have them perfectly fresh?' and a man who says, 'Throw away that loaf and try eating bricks and centipedes instead.'"
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Re: C.S. Lewis quote about Change

Postby mabhersch » 29 Apr 2010, 04:05

That's not it, but it's very good, and thanks for taking the time to post it.
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