Thursday, February 04, 2021

C.S. Lewis, 70 Years Ago, saw the pandemic coming

By Douglas V. Gibbs
Author, Speaker, Instructor, Radio Host

It turns out CS Lewis did not write the following.  It is believable that he would have because he was such a brilliant individual and writer.  The following is written in a manner that sounds like it could have come from his Screwtape Letters book, but after a long and exhaustive look, I couldn't find it.  I have been told by others they believe the following was indeed not written by C.S. Lewis.  That said, whoever wrote it, even if it was after the rise of the recent COVID-19 scamdemic, wrote this in a manner that could truly be, if one thinks about it, a conversation between a couple demons.  We are, after all, a gullible lot, be it believing that something was written by someone when it may not have been, to believing that a coronavirus with a 99% recovery rate is as deadly as the government claims.

′′One young devil asked the old man: "How did you manage to bring so many souls to hell?" The old devil answered: "I instilled fear in them!" Answers the youngster: "Great job!
And what were they afraid of? Wars? Hunger?" Answers the man: "No, they were afraid of the disease!" For this youngster: "Does this mean they didn't get sick? Are they not dead? There was no rescue for them?"
The old man answered: "but no . . . they got sick, died, and the rescue was there." The young devil, surprised, answered: "Then I don't understand???" The old man answered: "You know they believed the only thing they have to keep at any cost is their lives.
They stopped hugging, greeting each other. They've moved away from each other. They gave up all social contacts and everything that was human! Later they ran out of money, lost their jobs, but that was their choice because they were afraid for their lives, that's why they quit their jobs without even having bread.
They believed blindly everything they heard and read in the papers.
They gave up their freedoms, they didn't leave their own homes literally anywhere. They stopped visiting family and friends. The world turned into such a concentration camp, without forcing them into captivity.
They accepted everything!!! Just to live at least one more miserable day . . . And so living, they died every day!!! And that's how it was very easy for me to take their miserable souls to hell..... ′′
C.S. Lewis - ′′ Old Devil's Letters To Young ′′ 1942.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary


RobertGarding said...

Great post Doug. I love reading about C.S. Lewis.

Frog in Pot said...

I don’t think Lewis wrote this. Prank

Rachel Star said...

I wish this statement were true, but it isn't. I sent it to friends because I thought it was true. I just went through Screwtape Letters (online version) and searched through it for the quote. It isn't there.

Clay McClane said...

It is not believable that he would have written it. The Screwtape Letters is brilliant, though, and incredibly thought-provoking. This paragraph is useless, a strawman argument. The people it describes aren't actual people. It's a description of how conservatives see libs through the lens of COVID. That's it. It's preaching to a choir. It's a person patting themselves on the back. And it doesn't help our country in any real way. It doesn't provide perspective. No one wants to live like this, but we have to adapt to it. If wearing a mask and being distanced is too much sacrifice for you, well the, I'm glad you weren't defending our country during WWII. Ignoring a disease doesn't make it go away. And no amount of faked writing will change that fact.

Now both my aunt and my mom have emailed me this fake news. You're posting it, which means you're spreading fake news. Stop it.