C.S. Lewis: The Dinosaur, the Parthenon, and the Optative
Being a self-confessed dinosaur in the world of modern instincts, C.S. Lewis was, and is, therefore, refreshingly relevant. Already in 1944, his views on education were so well rooted in reason and experience that they were wonderfully out of date.
When I wrote last week on the glory of work, I had today’s blog post in mind. I thought: If I could ignite in you a love for the glory of work, maybe you would agree with Lewis about the relationship between the labor of learning to read, and the sweet fruits of good reading.
When I say “learning to read,” I mean more than the ABCs. Language is an inexhaustible thing. We are learning to read all our lives. And the better we learn to read, the more we see and feel. Great writers become guides into great truth and great joy — if we have learned to…