Saturday, October 18, 2008

C.S. Lewis on Murray and Peter Corren

If human rights can be said truly to exist, then they have no greater enemies in this country than Murray and Peter Corren ... Or, as I like to think of them, Gaius and Titius:
The very power of Gaius and Titius depends on the fact that they are dealing with a boy; a boy who thinks he is 'doing' his 'prep' and has no notion that ethics, theology, and politics are all at stake. It is not a theory they put into his mind, but an assumption, which ten years hence, its origin forgotten and its presence unconscious, will condition him to take one side in a controversy which he has never recognized as a controversy at all. The authors themselves, I suspect, hardly know what they are doing to the boy, and he cannot know what is being done to him.

... Gaius and Titius, while teaching him nothing about letters, have cut out of his soul, long before he is old enough to choose, the possibility of having certain experiences which thinkers of more authority than they have held to be generous, fruitful, and humane.
C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man

(For background, here.)