Monday, February 15, 2010

"You have never talked to a mere mortal..."

"It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations. . . . There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilization—these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit—immortal horrors or everlasting splendors."

-C.S. Lewis; The Weight of Glory, p. 15.


  1. Surely there's something to this: for those who are being saved—partakers of the divine nature; for those who are perishing—monstrous creatures bereft of the imago Dei.

  2. For me, the phrase "a horror and a corruption" is chilling; terrifying.


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