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The Abolition of The Abolition of Man

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The Abolition of The Abolition of Man Clive Staples Lewis, arguably the most influential writer of his time, is nothing more than a callous individual with nothing better to do with his life than to pick at insignificant statements made by less-than-perfect human beings in order to enhance the appearance of his superior intellect. In The Abolition of Man, Lewis attempts to bring out the importance of elementary text books on the human psyche of posterity and how Man will be its own demise due to its constant efforts to conquer nature, but his presentation of the materials both contradicts with itself and will mislead his readers into thinking things that were never meant to be portrayed in the first place. Lewis completely destroys the morale of and belittles two authors who, with some misfortune, placed a few seemingly meaningless statements into their book that could be interpreted in the wrong way. Lewis takes his observations of both this book and his view of nature to the extreme, completely abolishing everything mankind has ever stood for, and for this he is out of line. Lewis opens his book immediately by stating how important elementary textbooks are and how he was given a copy of an English prep book. Immediately he insults the authors of that book by saying, "I shall have nothing good to say of them." A statement like that not only sets the tone of the book, but it also shows how ruthless Clive Staples Lewis actually is. ...read more.

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Because this schoolboy has probably never heard statements such as the ones in the Green Book before and will probably never hear them again, his future mental state is safe. This schoolboy does not need a lowlife philosopher picking bones at a book that probably provided some very good information on top of its bad. Lewis sums up his chapter, after presenting more and more hogwash, by stating, "The operation of the Green Book and its kind is to produce what may be called Men without chests." At this point, the connotation put forth by the above statement suggests is contradictory from an earlier statement by Lewis himself. He said, "The authors themselves, I suspect, hardly know what they are doing to the boy." According to that proposal, Lewis does not believe that Gaius and Titius are not aware of what mental strife they may have caused to a child, but the statement at the top of the page, along with the text that surrounds it, brings forth the notion that Gaius and Titius would have had to have purposely planned on destroying the mind of the schoolboy. That is not, however, what Gaius and Titius were truly aimed towards. They are simply innocent writers caught in a mistake that has been sucked dry of any possible reasoning. The audacity Lewis must have to make such a harsh generalization about English authors is completely mind-numbing in its own. If anything, his book is the one young people must look out for if they wish to keep their intellect (and sanity). ...read more.

Conclusion

He claims that as time progresses, the nearer it comes to when the species will be extinct. His argument for less power is that the subjects exhibiting the greater power will be in less numbers due to the approaching extinction. In the end, the human race is to ultimately fall victim to nature and lose its quest for 'Conquest of Nature.' Lewis is completely wrong with his reasoning. Although without a doubt nature will ultimately win, the reasons are not what he states. As time progresses, the number of subjects being influenced by earlier generations will increase. Instead of a gradual decrease in power, time would actually promote a much quicker increase in power. The later generations have no reason to be nearing extinction unless they have already lost to nature. Therefore, that could not possibly be used as a catalyst for the abolition of man. Lewis needs a new job because philosophy is simply not what he was meant to do. He spends too much time picking at trivial things in life, allowing true conflicts to pass him by. Lewis attempts to bring out the importance of elementary text books on the human psyche of posterity and how Man will be its own demise due to its constant efforts to conquer nature, and he fails miserably. One can only be misled by the contradicting ideas of Clive Staples Lewis, not helped. A human being would be better off analyzing the world around them by his or herself. Thankfully Clive Staples Lewis is dead now. There will be no more of his meaningless philosophy. ...read more.

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