Saturday, November 28, 2009

Saturdays with C. S. Lewis: - Unsatisfied Desires, and their Satisfaction

"Some Saturday C. S. Lewis" was introduced and explained here. A couple weeks ago I quoted the beginning of of the scene where Aslan creates Narnia from The Magician's Nephew, and promised that I would continue that scene. Alas, I forgot my copy of that book, so you're stuck waiting a little longer. The following is a quote from Mere Christianity, which I'm still happy with because it fits nicely with my previous post on hopeless Christianity and one that is scheduled to go up on Monday. Enjoy.

If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably earthly pleasures were not meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing. If that is so, I must take care, on the one hand, never to despise, or be unthankful for, these earthly blessings, and on the other, never to mistake them for something else of which they are only a kind of copy, or echo, or mirage. I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that other country and to help others to do the same.

1 comment:

Ian Clausen said...

That is Augustine through and through. i.e. Christian Platonism at its best!