Quote of the Day (C. S. Lewis)

Quote of the Day (C. S. Lewis) May 15, 2013

I am a democrat because I believe that no man or group of men is good enough to be trusted with uncontrolled power over others. And the higher the pretensions of such power, the more dangerous I think it both to rulers and to the subjects. Hence Theocracy is the worst of all governments. If we must have a tyrant a robber barron is far better than an inquisitor. The baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity at some point may be sated; and since he dimly knows he is doing wrong he may possibly repent. But the inquisitor who mistakes his own cruelty and lust of power and fear for the voice of Heaven will torment us infinitely more because he torments us with the approval of his own conscience and his better impulses appear to him as temptations.

— C. S. Lewis, “A Reply to Professor Haldane” (quoted by Fred Clark on Slacktivist)

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  • Susan Burns

    How profound. But is there anyway to know if we are listening to our own ego rather than to our spirit?

  • I agree with Lewis to some extent, and would not like to live under an Islamic theocracy, or live in any country ruled by religious or political ideologues–such as fascist or communist dictators. And if I was young again, I sure wound not like being shipped off to one of those “Jesus Land” compounds, where non-conformist youth are sent by devout Christian parents, and where their children’s wills are intentionally broken after being starved, held in closets, held down, shouted at, and forced to conform. (See the novel “Jesus Land” and read about such compounds here: http://edward-t-babinski.blogspot.com/2012/11/suffer-children-to-come-unto-me-jesus.html

    • arcseconds

      to what extent do you not agree with Lewis?