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The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis
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Aug 07, 2012

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"The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts."

Lewis goes on to defend thought and reasonable morality. He soundly accuses certain authors for the dumbing-down of man...and this was a decade before the nation was swept into the tele.

I found the whole series of lectures very gloomy, and somewhat pointless. I'm sure he realized that institutions were designed to keep the waifs out of of the poorhouse and prepare them for industry. Yes, I agree that intentions ought to be more life enhancing, such as to yield blooms in the desert. So, why not focus on that? What if Mr Lewis had written an acceptable--praiseworthy, even--guide to literature and writing instead of simply criticizing it? Where would British culture be now? It doesn't necessarily require that the blind always lead the blind.

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