C.S. Lewis

The Screwtape Letters


It's the fun game of trying to imitate or ridicule the evil One, as a way to getting into his mind and understanding how rotten and perverted his thinking must be. Here C.S.Lewis plays the not so funny role of a Senior evil spirit who tutors a rather clumsy junior one through the art of misleading a London chap away from the path to the Father Above, and to bring him as food to the Father Below.

It's nothing but that gig, well exploited, though. The author in the appendix admits that he could have gone on and on but that the point was clear and needed no more samples; to have continued would have  possibly been outdoing the purpose of the book, which is to make us readers aware of the reality and danger of evil, as dangerous and evil as the other side: God's true love represented in His Son Jesus. So this is fun with a purpose; gone the purpose, gone the joke.

I like Lewis's wit and humility to express ideas that are harder to express than to understand. Our peer-pressured society, politically-correct dumb world has carried us to this scenario -described comically in the book. The advice this expert evil spirit gives is just what Europe has told us since WWII the PC social sermons:

I gather that the middle-aged married couple who called at his office are just the sort of people we want him to know -rich, smart, superficially intellectual, and brightly skeptical about everything in the world. I gather they are even pacifist, not on moral grounds but from an ingrained habit of belittling anything that concerns the great mass of their fellow men and from a dash of purely fashionable and literary communism. This is excellent. And you seem to have made good use of his social, sexual, and intellectual vanity.”

"Es cierto que el Romano es libre de hacer todo lo que quiera. Pero también lo es que tiene que soportar las consecuencias de sus actos. No importa que se haya equivocado, que le hayan engañado o incluso forzado: un hombre no se deja forzar: etiamsi coactus, attamen voluit. Es libre; pero si distraído, imprudente o atontado, prometió pagar una determinada cantidad y no puede pagarla, se convierte en esclavo de su acreedor."

Rudolph von Ihering

“Slavery, protection, and monopoly find defenders, not only in those who profit by them, but in those who suffer by them.”

Frédéric Bastiat

On the true nature of the Castro Revolution in Cuba: "The revolution was a cover for committing atrocities without the slightest vestige of guilt ... we were young and irresponsible. We were pirates. We formed our own caste ... we belonged to and believed in nothing -no religion, no flag, no morality or principle. It's fortunate we didn't win, because if we had, we would have drowned the continent in barbarism."

Jorge Masetti -In the Pirate's Den

La anarquía, es decir, la ausencia de fuerza estatal, no es una forma de Estado, y cualquiera que acabe con ella por el medio que sea, el usurpador nacional o el conquistador extranjero, rinde un servicio a la sociedad. Es un salvador, un bienhechor, porque la forma más insoportable de Estado es la ausencia de Estado.

Rudolph von Ihering

"El envidioso está afligido no solo por sus males propios, sino por los bienes de los demás."  -Hipias

[la norma de conducta de los progres] "No hacer nada que alguien pueda envidiarme." -Hipasos




Seguimos a la espera de la reedición de este importante libro del gran escritor español José Pla

Historia de la Segunda República.


También a la espera de este importante libro del genial Rafael Abella.

Finales de enero, 1939, Barcelona cambia de piel


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