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TCND: Traffic and CS Lewis Talks Emotionalism (It Is Done)

The Podcast Ninja (Luke) is at the table today.  We begin by talking about how much fun comedian’s have when they’re driving about 10 hours, to and from a show. 

Then, the Peaches reminds John about how wrong he was two episodes ago… (Remember when John was wrong, Neighbor?) But she’s actually trying to make him feel better by sharing something that convicted HER lately:  CS Lewis had a different perspective on Emotionalism than we typically have on this podcast!

Please enjoy some quotes from The Abolition of Man.

“[People who are wrong] see the world around them swayed by emotional propaganda — they have learned from tradition that youth is sentimental — and they conclude that the best thing they can do is to fortify the minds of young people against emotion. My own experience as a teacher tells an opposite tale. For every one pupil who needs to be guarded from a weak excess of sensibility there are three who need to be awakened from the slumber of cold vulgarity. The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts. The right defence against false sentiments is to inculcate just sentiments. By starving the sensibility of our pupils we only make them easier prey to the propagandist when he comes. For famished nature will be avenged and a hard heart is no infallible protection against a soft head.”  –CS Lewis

John doesn’t think we have been guilty of downplaying emotions.  BUT, his young grandson recently confessed to feeling guilty about liking video games, so…

What do you think, Neighbor? Are Christians accidentally creating hard hearts, as a remedy for soft heads?  Or are we doing a decent job passing on an appreciation for objective beauty and majestic music and passionate poetry?

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