7 Oct One of the most memorable of C. S. Lewis’s essays is entitled “The Inner Ring.” It describes our common desire to be accepted within the “inner. 1 Sep Among ‘ best writings is his essay about insider cabals. Entitled The Inner Ring, it can be read here on the website of the C.S. Lewis. 16 Aug I recently read C.S. Lewis’s sermon titled The Inner Ring, and was surprised how clearly his insight can be applied to cronyism today. He covers.
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The true road lies in quite another direction.
It causes perhaps half of all the happiness in the world, and no Inner Ring can ever have it. If your joy and contentment is dashed by rejection, sky rockets by reception, or wildly shaken when your status hangs in the balance, then a warning light on the dashboard of your soul is blinking. Sweet is a legacy, and passing sweet The unexpected c.ss.lewis of some old lady.
The circle cannot have from within the charm it had from outside. Obviously bad men, obviously threatening or bribing, will almost certainly not appear.
We probably have not thought about its impact on others. The inner ring is just a gateway for those noble impulses. You may find yourself playing in a quartet and you may enjoy it. Lewis’s witty, intelligent defenses of traditional morality and religion led him to challenge many of the secular orthodoxies of the twentieth century. Over a drink or a cup of coffee, disguised as a triviality and sandwiched between two jokes, from the lips of a man, or woman, whom you have recently been getting to know rather better and whom you hope to know better still-just at the moment when you are most anxious not to appear crude, or naif, or a prig-the hint will come.
The invisible line would have no meaning unless most people were on the wrong side of it. The one is printed in some little red book and anyone can easily read it up. Should this reality grip your heart, the grip of inner-ringism would loosen. Exclusion is no accident: Dec 5, Halifax, NS.
Lewis on Disordered Desire to Enter the Inner Ring
It would be so terrible to see the other man’s face-that genial, confidential, delightfully sophisticated face-turn suddenly cold and contemptuous, to know that you had been tried for the Inner Ring and rejected. You are commenting using your Facebook account.
I begin to realise the truth of the old proverb that he who sups with that formidable host needs a long spoon. But it must be clearly understood that “Society,” in that sense of the word, is merely one of a hundred Rings and snobbery therefore only one form of the longing to be inside.
You were beginning, in fact, to pierce through the skins of the onion. Your little musical group limits its numbers because the rooms they meet in are only so big. The desire to be inside the invisible line illustrates this rule.
I must inndr assume that you have ever first neglected, and finally shaken off, friends whom you really loved and who might have lasted you a lifetime, in order to court the friendship of those who appeared to you more important, more esoteric. Special to C.s.leiws Globe and Mail. The association between him and me in the public mind has already gone quite as deep as I wish: All this is rather obvious.
You merely wanted to be “in. Stated simply, we are only as good as how accepted we feel by the inner-rings we want to belong to. The torture allotted to the Danaids in the classical underworld, that of attempting to fill sieves with water, is the symbol not of one vice but of all vices. You hte be busy finding jobs, getting married, acquiring facts.
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But one of this trio will be enough to deal with today. Unless you take measures to prevent it, this desire is going to be one of the chief motives of your life, from the first day on which you enter your profession until the day when you are too old to care.
Men tell not only their wives but c.slewis that it is a hardship to stay late at the office or the school on some bit of important extra work which they have been let in for because they and So-and-so and the two others are the only people left in the place who really know how things are run. He warns them against the World, the Flesh, and the Devil.
It is not, in fact, very likely that any of you will be able, in the next ten years, to make any direct contribution to the peace or prosperity of Europe.
And I can assure you that in whatever hospital, inn of c.s.lweis, diocese, school, business, or college you arrive after going down, you will find the Rings-what Tolstoi calls the second or unwritten systems.
A general is always superior to a colonel, and a colonel to a captain. They are ignorant of something that other people know. But if all you want is to be in the know, your pleasure will be short-lived. Follow Blog via Email Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. For those of us outside the inner ring — and we are probably part of some inner rings and outside others in our organizations — we should deal with our feelings.
I am not going to tell you- except in a form so general that you will hardly recognize it-what part you ought to play in post-war reconstruction. It will not shape that professional policy or work up that professional influence which fights for the profession as a whole against the public: But it will do those things which that profession exists to do and will in the long run be responsible for all the respect which that profession in fact enjoys and which the speeches and advertisements cannot maintain.
Freud would say, no doubt, that the whole thing is a subterfuge of the sexual impulse. That is my first reason. The desire to be inside the invisible line illustrates this rule. I am not going to say that the existence of Inner Rings is an Evil.