by Alexandra Rutkowski

I absolutely adore C.S. Lewis and I find myself rereading his work several times over, each time viewing it in a whole new way. I was beyond ecstatic to find another gem by Lewis, entitled “Meditation in a Toolshed,” a brief piece written for his newspaper. It’s short, simple, and I love it. 

Few things that stuck out- “It is perfectly easy to go on all your life giving explanations of religion, love, morality, honor, and the like, without having been inside any of them.”

“‘All these moral ideals which look so transcendental and beautiful from inside’ says the wiseacre, ‘are really only a mass of biological instincts and inherited taboos.’ And no one plays the game the other way round by replying, ‘If you will only step inside, the things that look to you like instincts and taboos will suddenly reveal their real and transcendental nature.'”

“We must, on pain of idiocy, deny from the very onset the idea that looking at is by its own nature, intrinsically truer or better than looking along. One must look both along and at everything.”