Well, “favorite” might be a strong word, but it is the Lewis quote that has affected me the most.
“We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and then bid the geldings to be fruitful.”
C. S. Lewis
I feel I saw what C. S. Lewis was speaking of during my time teaching high school. I was amazed how powerful the sense was among too many of my students that there really is no true, objective right and wrong in the world. Then, when the leadership of my school decided that we really did need to teach some sort of core ethical values, I saw a number of teachers balk, claiming that teaching even one single value (I exaggerate not) would be a violation of church and state separation.
I do not know how things turned out. That was the end of the school year, and God — in various ways — was moving me to seek different employment so that we could accommodate the birth of our first child and so that my wife could quit working outside of the home.
But it struck me then, and it strikes me still… In a day when the ethics of our CEOs and Board Chairmen are questioned — a day when we are appalled at the occasional Enron-style scandal, and we pass laws like Sarbanes-Oxley, desperate to “ramp up” the ethical obligation felt by our business and political leaders — the generations we are now preparing to sit in those chairs and on those boards are not being equipped in any way to be so stirred by such considerations. We truly do castrate and bid the geldings to be fruitful.
As God says of our time…
“So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.”
Searching for a man to stand in the gap, He finds only men without chests.