The pot-maker

C.S. Lewis.

He's almost a myth to me when I think about how freakin' spot on he is with a lot of his writings. I've only read (listened rather - when I would bike to Gainesville from Hawthorne) Mere Christianity and I'm working on The Problem of Pain right now and keep running over all these excellent "quotable's."

For instance, he's talking about people would often refer to primitive man and try to understand where we come from by using what little anthropologists have at their disposal, often complaining that 'we infer more than we have any right to infer.' I thought his arguments against our assumptions about what Man was like before The Fall were very interesting and I won't get into it now because I'm still chewing on it, but this made me laugh...a lot.

"The very same pot which would prove its master a genius if it were the first pot ever made in the world, would prove its maker a dunce if it came after millenniums of pot-making."

Earlier in the same chapter when discussion The Fall of man he brings up a point of how God could, had he so chosen, to perform a miracle that would undo the original sin of Adam and Eve (after reading this he has some interesting thoughts on the Original sin) but he wraps up his arguments against it with:

"...the chess player's freedom to play chess depends on the rigidity of the squares and the moves"

I can't help but feel that sentence would be improved if "available" came at the end...but who am I to edit Lewis =P

On the music side things are good. I'm working on a Snoop remix for a contest over at Indaba and hopefully Henry will pull out some wicked rhymes. If not... we'll figure something out. Also, I'm moving in with my brother in May for a few months and there I will consentrate on writing all manner of music. Classical arrangements (mainly for classical guitar) with some interesting ideas on incorporating electronic music, a lot of Pissing Graffiti stuff and maybe some more electronic dance stuff? Who knows. Then a move back to DeLand to write even more with Stephen Garza and Henry Toland. For anyone that stop by Henry's blog, comment that he needs to update it. The man has excellent writings that he's hiding from the rest of the world. -.-


Unknown said...

i read that book "the problem of Pain" and found it really interesting. especially on that type of idea, how the hard set "laws" of our reality allow us our free will but also the possibility of pain.

Jhaysonn said...

i like the essential nature of it in God's plan. So many times pain and suffering are talked about in the Bible, but I didn't really get it until I read Lewis' book.