Saturday, 28 May 2011

Kidding ourselves

Everyone feels benevolent if nothing happens to be annoying him at the moment. Thus a man easily comes to console himself of all his other vices by a conviction that 'his heart's in the right place' and 'he wouldn't hurt a fly', though in fact he has never made the slightest sacrifice for a fellow creature.We think we are kind when we are only happy: it is not so easy, on the same grounds, to imagine oneself temperate, chaste, or humble.  (p49)

The Problem of Pain by CS Lewis

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