I completed The Abolition of Man by CS Lewis a while back.
This was written in 1943 but applies more today than ever and I truly see this taking shape before our eyes.
It is without question the deepest book, study, I’ve ever read.
Chapter 1 gives a deep explanation of why men must have heart to be virtuous and enterprise. It also describes, in detail, how feelings are used to manipulate people, which in todays time by TV, radio, news, books, etc.
Chapter 2 gave me an odd look at, why I think, the elites want to change our morals, beliefs, and daily outlooks. By changing our foundation: marriage, faith, morals, raising, school…they can change a basic instinct for self-preservation of self, themselves, our planet (overpopulation), etc. But the change of the basic moral foundation is impossible as then it changes everything. Sadly, I feel the elites and most of our leadership, have changed everything and or want to change everything, and lots of people and pastors have taken the bait (which is described in chapter 1).
Chapter 3: Man’s power over nature, making the next generation weaker not stronger, hundreds will and do rule over billions, the power of few men to make other men what they please, moral law will be changed by the few into a new moral law, the few will create a new Tao or try, will create men who sacrifice old morality and create their new morality and will be evil because of too much power or not men/evil at all because they are artifacts because men created the abolition of man, no history shows a man or men who stepped outside of traditional morality having obtained that power has used that power for good. The circle always comes back to the Tao and you can’t change it without abandoning it and therefor failing it and thus eventually returning to it as artificial morality always fails. Once we take the final step to reduce man to mere nature we will lose our Tao, our morality, ourselves. It is impossible to give up our rights and retain rights, regardless of reason. If you see through everything, everything is transparent but a holy transparent world is an invisible world and to see through everything is the same as not to see.
The conclusion in Chapter2 is pretty powerful! The conclusion in chapter 3 is crazy deep!
The Tao is talked about often throughout the book/study.
Given, then, the rise of the new science of the moral sense a la Pinker, now is the time, if there ever was one, to revisit Lewis’s arguments in The Abolition of Man on behalf of the natural moral law of God written on the hearts of human beings (cf. Romans 2: 14-16).
In the first line of his noted book The Abolition of Man, C. S. Lewis wrote: “I doubt whether we are sufficiently attentive to the importance of elementary text-books.” Likewise, I doubt whether we are sufficiently attentive to the importance of the so-called “new science of the moral sense” that is flourishing in our midst today.
Lewis was concerned about his culture’s inattentiveness to primary school text-books because he believed they contained the seeds which, when implanted in young, impressionable minds, would eventually produce a rejection of the natural law tradition of objective right and wrong. Such a rejection, Lewis justly believed, would put the whole of ethics, theology, politics, and, indeed, the future of humanity, at stake.
Wake up, everyone,
It’s not too late,
To save the remnants of our hearts,
So stop giving up,
Our last shot at love;
Our only chance to find the meaning of,
The beat beneath the blood.
We laugh at honor and are shocked when,
We find knives in our backs;
We follow those who cheat and steal.
Look, in my eyes,
You won’t find your way back;
Our only compass smashed under,
Our own heels.
Reason abandoned to appetites,
And addicts’ arms.
Shotguns and silence,
Have always been the best of charms.
The Abolition Of Man is within,
The reach of science,
But are we so far gone that we’ll try it?
May those among us who have ears to hear, let us hear. May those among us who have eyes to see, let us see. After all, theology, ethics, politics, and the future of humanity are all at stake.