As I am sitting here, reading on my lunch break, I have come across such an interesting quote, I must share it. CS Lewis writes in Mere Christianity initially about a universal knowledge of Right and Wrong, which he calls the Law of Nature. In the process of addressing anyone who would say that cultures around the world are different so their morality would be different, thereby making the case that there can be no universal Law of Nature he says,
“. . . but for our purpose I need only ask the reader to think what a totally different morality would mean. Think of a country where people were admired for running away in battle, or where a man felt proud double-crossing all the people who had been kindest to him. You might as well try to imagine a country where two and two made five.” Chapter 1, page 5
What strikes me is that this book, written originally in 1943, seems to describe the current situation in America. At least from the media’s point of view and those who support them. I felt like I was reading a description of the anti-war movement now, as it has been labelled and which links it irrevocably with the ’60s movement. A repeat in history. And yet CS Lewis says that imagining such a country (much less living in one) is as preposterous as imagining a country that does away with mathmatical principles that are also known to everyone. Funny that he also mentions the idea of a country suspending the mathmatical premises, as this describes anthropogenic global warming, in which many of the documents and “research” are not universally accepted. Media outlets ignore evidence that this is a planetary cycle of temperature or that in certain areas, like Antartica, the ice is actually increasing. See Here Yet this idea, theory is not broadcasted or even given an ounce of rebuttal by the media who would not want the idea of a cyclical climate pattern to ruin their good publicity. After all, since the time of yellow journalism at the turn of the century, news and media outlets have always been interested with ratings and money than news. And the American public, actually the worldwide public, has condoned and even reinforced this idea by tuning in and paying for the paper.
Anyways, back to the verbal link in the two anti-war movements. It is very likely as things go that it may turn out the same. Considering the statistics on those pushing this movement, is it any wonder that history is repeating itself. And although the media seeks to push this connection between early hippies and modern-day hippies, it denies Bush the right to draw any connection between Iraq and Vietnam if it supports the US staying in Iraq until we finish the job we started.
CS Lewis wrote his book during the one of the worst demonstrations of war we have seen and in no way is war a positive or beautiful thing. But this man lived in a country greatly impacted by that war, and he is still saying it is wrong to run from a battle. But then he did not suspend any form of logic or reason in order to have his own way and make everyone else follow him. America could definantly take a lesson from this. Before its too late.