|Clive and his brother Warnie|
chronological info. from the c. s. lewis foundation.
reading . mere christianity . by csLewis
page 94 through 103 . sexual morality
Do we really need to say everything we think? In my life time it has gone from not saying anything in front of the children to blasting it at them 24/7 on the television in full living colour. Isn’t there something to be gained from a thoughtful balance of our freedoms of speech and our accepted societal norms?
Sex is being shown as a way to sell things, a way to be popular and to get ahead, a way to be famous, something to do for kicks, something of little meaning. Also, being shown is the acceptance of acting out on excess and obsession. I am not saying that any of us are perfect. But, what i am saying is that we could rethink where we are going with this.
Mr. Lewis mentioned a few things in this chapter that i would just like to quickly list here for thought.
1. Be careful not to assume.
2. A strict or fussy standard of modesty and propriety is not proof of the christian rule of chastity.
3. A real desire to believe all the good you can of others and to make others as comfortable as you can…
4. What matters is the sincerity and perseverance to overcome our difficulties.
5. We think that you will get help obeying the christian principles which you will not get towards obeying the others.
6. Very often, what God first helps us towards is not the virtue itself, but just this power of always trying again.
7. This process trains the habits of the soul.
8. Virtue, even attempted virtue brings light.
9. Though neither is good, being a prostitute is not as bad as being a self-righteous prig.
Check out more with our very nice book club host, Sara Salter, at “living between the lines.”