The Pointlessness of CS Lewis

cslewis1(This article was published in the New Worker newspaper of the New Communist Party, No 1760, 31/01/14, P5)

CS Lewis is famous for his fantasy stories regarding the magical land of Narnia accessed by children through a wardrobe.  Although this content probably represents a deep and profound set of inherited psychological issues, nevertheless, these books have made CS Lewis a household name.  What many do not realise is that CS Lewis spent his life up until 39 as a staunch atheist, and after this time as a Christian zealot.  During WW II he was even hired by the British government to broadcast over the radio a constant stream of pro-Christian propaganda.  Lewis, like Isaac Newton before him, appears to have suffered a mid-life crisis that saw the re-emergence of a theistic faith, no doubt the product of a childhood in Northern Ireland.  Although his Narnia books have sold millions, and have been made into cinema films, nevertheless, it is his book entitled ‘Mere Christianity’ that has been by far the most popular of his work.  In his teens, CS Lewis received an excellent education in the Western Classics and Dialectics.  This rationalism, probably influenced by the work of Karl Marx, created a level headed young man who fought as an officer in WW I, and despite witnessing extreme death and destruction, and being wounded himself, did not resort to the usual bourgeois sentimentality in expressing his memories.  However, despite living with a woman over twice his age, and ignoring his own father until the time of his death, CS Lewis slowly gravitated back toward the theistic thinking of his youth.

Whilst studying at Oxford, and later working as a professor there, Lewis lived what might be called a progressive lifestyle.  However, whilst talking to JR Tolkien, he mentioned that the world was full of myths that involved a young man dying to redeem the world, and asked where this left Christianity.  Tolkien, himself a fantasy writer famous for his Lord of the Rings, stated that Christianity was of course a myth, like all other religions in the world, with the only difference being that Christianity was real.  This type of nonsense underlies the bourgeois educational establishment, and serves to demonstrate the danger of thought regression from the progressive state back into the reactionary.  The middle-aged, middle-classed CS Lewis suffered what might be described as a psychological counter-revolution that turned the cognitive clock backward.  Religious myth-making passed on throughout the ages is a very potent and difficult to dislodge form of psychological conditioning.  Its resurgence renders a progressive lifestyle dormant, and reduces creativity to a standstill.  Good ideas cease as the reality becomes limited to the confines of the pages of the bible, which are haphazardly assembled collections of muddled thinking held together by theistic fantasy.  It is ironic that CS Lewis created Narnia – a heaven on earth that could be accessed if only belief in it was strong enough.  In CS Lewis’ imagination at least, heaven has been found on earth, although one hidden by a veneer of pagan spirituality, as if the strictures of Christianity prevent a Christian heaven from being directly referenced on earth – which is logical as it does not exist.

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Leave No Stone Unturned

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Use your mind to its fullest capacity and do not be limited in thought in any way.  Physical circumstance can pollute the surface mind with all kinds of phantoms and spectres that haunt us in our waking and sleeping states – do not be afraid.  Although society can be unjust, and the tyranny of history can weigh heavy on our heads, we should follow the great men and women of the earth and allow our capacity to ‘think’ to outweigh our capacity to ‘suffer’.   The mind and physical world of matter are not two things, nor are they the same – this knowledge alone is the essence of human freedom.  Both Buddha and Karl Marx developed the ability to see through the delusion of the world that surrounded them.  This is an extraordinary feat and many do not realise that the Buddha’s vision was probably even more radical than that of Marx – although both are of a similar strength of vision.  The Buddha, like Marx 2000 years later, thoroughly rejected the Brahmanic society he lived within.  Marx thoroughly rejected the Bourgeois society he lived within.  Both rejected theistic entities and conventional logic for a free-flowing and free-associating perspective that is new and beyond any known analyse.  Become perpetually free and do not settle for the enslaving belief in phantoms or spectres.

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