Friday, November 22, 2013

Omnipotent moral busybodies

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

-- C.S. Lewis

"[Intellectuals] really have an enormous virtuosity in the use of words, and I think it's a fatal talent, because it can keep you from facing realities. You can always find some clever way to wish the reality away."

-- Thomas Sowell

The latter gem and its context can be heard here. The former can be read here. I am not a Christian apologist, for I am not a Christian, but the Lewis observation is sound on this note.