Friday, June 12, 2009

Surprised By Joy

The Walk-Man discovers, and points out that, that C.S. Lewis, who penned the "Chronicles of Narnia," was a Christian of the best order.

Lewis (whose original moniker, "Clive Staples," consigned him to ridicule -- thus was his nickname "Jack" ever after) -- had, as his idolater, John R.R. Tolkien. He GOT what Tolkien was after, with his Trilogy.

What Jack was after was children "getting" it ...

But more so, paring down the narrative to something even children could "get."

Granted, Tolkien's world requires meditation, and attention, that today's humans aren't willing to give.

More's the pity.

But Jack Lewis boiled it down to essentials, that we ALL can get.

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Read "The Chronicles of Narnia."

If you're so disposed, then read the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy by Tolkien.

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All you need to know about life.

2 comments:

Walker Morrow said...

Thanks for the link!

You know, it's funny. I can think of times when I have been surprised by negative feelings, but when I try to think of the times when I've experienced pure Joy, it's kind of hard.

Sort of like how you can never remember the good dreams; only the bad ones.

Ah well. More of a surprise the next time around then :)

Eowyn said...

Feeling joyful IS a rare emotion, thus all the more sought-after :)