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A quote from CS Lewis that I used in tonight’s message…

Posted by joelbyer on April 13, 2008

“…nine times out of ten the most obvious one is some sin against charity; I have
sulked or snapped or sneered or snubbed or stormed. And the excuse that
immediately springs to my mind is that the provocation was so sudden and
unexpected; I was caught off my guard, I had not time to collect myself. Now
that may be an extenuating circumstance as regards those particular acts: they
would obviously be worse if they had been deliberate and premeditated. On the
other hand, surely what a man does when he is taken off his guard is the best
evidence for what sort of a man he is? Surely what pops out before the man has
time to put on a disguise is the truth? If there are rats in a cellar you are
most likely to see them if you go in very suddenly. But the suddenness does not
create the rats: it only prevents them from hiding. In the same way the suddenness of the provocation does not make me an ill-tempered man it only shows me what an ill-tempered man I am. The rats are always there in the cellar, but if you go in shouting and noisily they will have taken cover before you switch on the light.”


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