I really admire Lewis's attempt in analyzing love. Love is usually such a hopelessly elusive concept that no one can ever claim to have a thorough understanding of it. It is something that we feel is better left unanalyzed. We can't explain it, but we know it when it is there.
But Lewis is quite clear on what love is and what love is not. Though we can never totally understand love (nor does Lewis claim that), this sentence best summarizes it: God is love. As Lewis said, we are loved into existence by God. So no matter how confused and uninformed we are about love, we are still totally capable of love, because we are manifestations of love....Continua
Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket--safe, dark, motionless, airless--it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.
C. S. Lewis...Continua
A delightful book! Lewis' expositions of Gift-loves and Need-loves, and the chapter on Friendship are superb.
One excellent picture which remains in my mind is that of Mrs Fidget. Lewis is dealing with affection. He says: "I am thinking of Mrs Fidget, who died a few months ago. It is really astonishing how her family have brightened up. The drawn look has gone from her husband's face; he begins to be able to smile." And Lewis goes on to tell of how Mrs Fidget "lived for her family" providing them with a hot lunch every day and a hot meal every night (even in mid-summer) and despite their protest she continued to "slave-away" for them. It really is a first-class piece of writing, and the point he wishes to make could not have been brought out more forcefully....Continua