Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Not used to seeing it spelled "neighbor" in C. S. Lewis

“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 be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a 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 the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations — these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit — immortal horrors or everlasting splendors. … Next to the blessed sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses.” – C.S. Lewis

H/T to Mark Shea (wondering whether he changed "neighbour" to "neighbor" or he quoted from a US printed edition which had done so).

It is also a serious thing to reflect that by keeping someone tired, one makes him less apt to deal with his neighbours in ways apt to further their glory rather than their damnation./HGL

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