Friday, February 17, 2006

C. S. in the morning, again

The moment you have a self at all,
there is a possibility of putting yourself first
—waiting to be the centre—
wanting to be God,
in fact....
What Satan put into the heads of our remote ancestors
was the idea that they could ‘be like gods’
—could set up on their own as if they had created themselves—
be their own masters—
invent some sort of happiness for themselves outside God,
apart from God.
And out of that hopeless attempt
has come nearly all that we call human history
—money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery—
the long terrible story of man
trying to find something other than God
which will make him happy.

~C. S. Lewis in Mere Christianity

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