The Four Loves – C.S. Lewis

by | Sep 14, 2008 | Uncategorized |

I finished off Lewis’ Four Loves today – a fabulous read and highly recommend to anyone who is reading this. It is thought provoking, yet readable and relevant at the same time.  

I particularly like the notion of the Friendship as a love and the passage in the Charity love section that goes as follows: 

There is no safe investment. To love at all is to be vulnerable.  Love anything and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken.  If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal.  Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness.  But in that casket -safe, dark, motionless, airless – it will change.  It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.  The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation.  The only place outside Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell.”

I find it powerful, one of those passages that needs reading and re-reading, regularly.  So I encourage you to read it, read it again, and sit and let it soak in. Enjoy!

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