My current bedtime reading is The Weight of Glory, a collection of sermons and essays by C. S. Lewis. Last night, I came across a quote that embodies my own thoughts so perfectly, I just had to share it. The whole speech is worth a read, and this is part of an entire page I underlined.
I actually tried, rather poorly, to express these very thoughts to a younger person years ago. So I’m taking time I should be working on other projects to share this wonderful, thought-provoking quote originally delivered to a group of university students.
At least I hope it provokes thought. These words are never more timely than at present:
… Most of all, perhaps, we need intimate knowledge of the past. Not that the past has any magic about it, but because we cannot study the future, and yet need something to set against the present, to remind us that the basic assumptions have been quite different in different periods and that much which seems certain to the uneducated is merely temporary fashion. A man who has lived in many places is not likely to be deceived by the local errors of his native village; the scholar has lived in many times and is therefore in some degree immune from the great cataract of nonsense that pours from the press and the microphone of his own age.C. S. Lewis, excerpt from “Learning in Wartime”