C.S. Lewis on Why to Be Moral


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The sort of idea that the word Morality raises in a good many people’s minds is that it’s something that interferes—Morality is something that stops you from having a good time.

In reality, moral rules are directions for running the human machine.  Every moral rule is there to prevent a breakdown in the running of the machine. 

There are all sorts of things that look all right and seem to us to be the natural way of treating the machine, but do not really work.  This is why these moral rules at first seem to be constantly interfering with our natural inclinations.

(Abridged & adapted from “Mere Christianity,” pg. 69)

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About John

I am a married, 46-year old, Midwesterner, with four children. My primary interest is in leading a very examined and decent and Loving life; my interests that are related to this and that feed into this include (and are not limited to) -- psychology, philosophy, poetry, critical thinking, photography, soccer, tennis, chess, bridge.
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