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|Subject: Re: Hey Art...||Date: 10/10/2012 10:56 AM|
|Author: CCinOC||Number: 648044 of 864388|
Art wrote: Unfortunately I've got a conscious that works.
There's your first clue. From "Mere Christianity" by C. S. Lewis
Right and Wrong as a Clue to the Meaning of the Universe
1. The Law Of Human Nature
Every one has heard people quarrelling. Sometimes it sounds funny and sometimes it sounds merely unpleasant; but however it sounds, I believe we can learn something very important from listening to the kind of things they say. They say things like this:
"How'd you like it if anyone did the same to you?"
"That's my seat, I was there first!"
"Leave him alone, he isn't doing you any harm."
"Why should you shove in first?"
"Give me a bit of your orange, I gave you a bit of mine."
"Come on, you promised."
People say things like that every day, educated people as well as uneducated, and grown-ups as well as children. Now what interests me about all these remarks is that the man who makes diem is not merely saying that the other man's behaviour does not happen to please him. He is appealing to some kind of standard of behaviour which he expects the other man to know about. And the other man very seldom replies, "To hell with your standard."
Nearly always he tries to make out that what he has been doing does not really go against the standard, or that if it does there is some special excuse. He pretends there is some special reason in this particular case why the person who took the seat first should not keep it, or that things were quite different when he was given the bit of orange, or that something has turned up which lets him off keeping his promise.
More at: http://usminc.org/images/MereChristianitybyCSLewis.pdf
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