Saturday, February 19, 2011

On Tyranny and Division

"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, God in the Dock

"Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:" - Jesus Christ


Anonymous said...

I love the C. S. Lewis quotation. I'd seen it before, but did not know where or when he said it.

Secondary Roads said...

CS Lewis sure had a keen insight and an excellent way of expressing that in terms that normal folk can understand.

Reckon do we see anything like that today?

vanilla said...

Jim, I have seen this quote in several places lately, with proper attribution to the author, but without work cited. Took a bit of digging to unearth source.

Chuck, reading Lewis is reading clarity in both thinking and writing. Do we see it today? Perhaps not so much.