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The sage words of C.S. Lewis on "Moral Tyranny" haunt us 50 years later


The words of C.S. Lewis regarding the threat of "moral tyranny" have never been more relevant than they are today. Read and re-read this quote and consider his thoughts on tyranny within the context of everything happening in the world today:


“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be "cured" against one's will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.”


― C.S. Lewis, God in the Dock: Essays on Theology (1970)