As media hacks bring out all the bells and whistles in their eager efforts to reinvent, re-frame, and then endlessly regurgitate the phony Camelot image of our 35th President (while studiously ignoring the Left-wing, Communist credentials of his assassin) let us turn away from such flimsy paper-mache portraits and ponder instead the honest persona of a humble soul who needs no public relations campaign to hawk his authenticity.
C. S. Lewis (November 29, 1898 – November 22, 1963), academic, essayist, theologian, literary critic, and acute observer of the pluses and pitfalls of modern life, is best known for his series of fantasy tales compiled under the title The Chronicles of Narnia. But the crème de la crème of C. S. Lewis is to be found in his apologetic essays addressing moral and philosophical questions facing our pretentious post-God era. Lewis, like several of his contemporaries, was well aware of the tyrannical impulses lurking in the breast of the scientific beast barking out eternal ‘truths’ with supposedly only the welfare of humankind in mind.
Following is an excellent presentation of Lewis’ views on our cultural rush to worship the golden calf of science. The secular messianic message eagerly grabbed at by modern-day oh-so-hip-and-with-it citizens just goes to show that despite the passage of many millennia, the human race hasn’t really changed much at all.
Scientist: The Magician’s Twin
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber-barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber-baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated. But those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. C. S. Lewis