Provocative

This message copied from the Facebook page of Shannon Edwards.

From the book: “The Screwtape Letters” (1942) “And how did you manage to bring so many souls to hell at that time? -Because of fear. -Ah, yes. Excellent strategy; old and always current. But what were they afraid of? Fear of being tortured? Fear of war? Fear of hunger? -No. -Fear of getting sick. -But then, no one else got sick at that time? -No. -Yes, they were sick. -I’m sorry. -Nobody else was dying? -Yes, they died. -But there was no cure for the disease? -There was. -Then I don’t understand. – Since no one else believed and taught about eternal life and eternal death, they thought they had only that life, and they clung to it with all their strength, even if it cost them their affection (they did not hug or greet each other, they had no human contact for days and days); their money (they lost their jobs, spent all their savings, and still thought themselves lucky to be prevented from earning their bread); their intelligence (one day the press said one thing and the next day it contradicted itself, and still they believed it all); their freedom (they did not leave their house, did not walk, did not visit their relatives. …it was a big concentration camp for voluntary prisoners! They accepted everything, everything, as long as they could overcome their miserable lives one more day. They no longer had the slightest idea that He, and only He, is the one who gives life and ends it. It was like that, as easy as it had ever been.” From the book “The Screwtape Letters” by C.S. Lewis, the Christian author of the Chronicles of Narnia The book was published in 1942.

Two comments with names withheld.

(1)  S…, if this is an anti-mask statement, I find it dangerous. I would usually say that everyone has a right to their own opinion or belief, but this is harmful. And to invoke renowned Christian writer C.S. Lewis as if he would endorse the CURRENT ant-mask sentiment to prove your point is just not right. If you choose not to wear a mask, please stay as safe as you can, and please don’t go near my loved ones. If you were simply pointing out the irony of Lewis’s passage, please consider how this post might influence others.

(2)  It is not a comment on masks. It is a critique on behavior. I wear a mask whenever I am in public. I question reporting and methodology. In my opinion, we are being manipulated by media and internationalists.

 

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