The Abolition of Man


C.S. Lewis

I don’t recall ever having read C.S. Lewis’s ‘The Abolition of Man‘ before. I’m in the process of doing so now. It’s no easy-reading novel, but it’s very short and I would hope that most people who gave it a fair shot could maintain focus long enough to be meaningfully engaged by it. He mentions some things I know nothing about, and although that may diminish the impact of his arguments I still love reflecting on his logic. Don’t let the unknown elements scare you away. Instead, do a little research along the way. You’ll be all the better for it.

Consider a couple quotes. Speaking about the moral deficit of our time, “We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.” Speaking of what education has become, vs. what it used to be, “Where the old initiated, the new merely ‘conditions’. The old dealt with its pupils as grown birds deal with young birds when they teach them to fly; the new deals with them more as the poultry-keeper deals with young birds—making them thus or thus for purposes of which the birds know nothing. In a word, the old was a kind of propagation—men transmitting manhood to men; the new is merely propaganda.”

Lewis, although at times very challenging, is always a delight to read. I dare you – The Abolition of Man.