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C.S. Lewis – The “Inner Ring” (part 1)

There is a great internet link to a C.S. Lewis speech given on the topic of PEER PRESSURE (men-pleasing) called the “Inner Ring”.

Go to http://www.geocities.com/bigcslewisfan/ and read this article. Then post your thoughts about it. I’d be curious to know what you think of it.

-Mark (challenged to think through tough issues)

  1. January 6, 2009 at 5:16 am

    Hi Mark,

    That is an excellent piece by C.S. Lewis. I intend to keep a copy of it for my daughter (and me!) so we can refer back to it from time to time.

    I can very much relate to the desire to be in on the Inner Ring; I think Lewis’ description has fit me to a “T” at times in my life. A lot of mischief surely comes from that sort of craving; it is a succumbing to peer-pressure, as you say, and in addition I think it can be what James describes as bitter envy and selfish ambition in our hearts (James 3:14). A sad and sorry way to live!

    I love how Lewis ends his talk with a description of the quiet joys and comforts of bypassing the quest to be in the Inner Ring. “And if in your spare time you consort simply with the people you like, you will again find that you have come unawares to a real inside: that you are indeed snug and safe at the center of something which, seen from without, would look exactly like an Inner Ring. But the difference is that its secrecy is accidental, and its exclusiveness a by-product, and no one was led thither by the lure of the esoteric: for it is only four or five people who like one another meeting to do things that they like. This is friendship.”

    That is also living that glorifies God as we humbly trust in his providence. Good stuff! So glad you linked to it.

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