by Rebekah Maxwell
Solomon was right: “there is nothing new under the sun.” This realization can be daunting for an ideological upstart, trying (in futility) to write/speak an original thought under this cynical sun. Who am I to tackle these questions? To approach the realm of ideas? After all, I’m just an ordinary person.
Toward that end, I present this conviction, in the words of the impeccable C.S. Lewis, from his work, “The Weight of Glory.” Because it simply cannot be stated better:
“It may be possible for each to think too much of his own potential glory hereafter; it is hardly possible for him to think too often or too deeply about that of his neighbor.
The load, or weight, or burden of my neighbor’s glory should be laid daily on my back, a load so heavy that only humility can carry it, and the backs of the proud will be broken.
It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare.
All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations.
It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics.
There are no ordinary people.
You have never talked to a mere mortal.”
This is why we fight. We must love one another, born and unborn, like we’re immortal. For indeed, we are.
(Thanks to Personhood USA for the reminder.)