Published: Friday, Nov. 22 2013 12:00 a.m. MST
John F. Kennedy was a great man. C. S. Lewis was an author.
C.S. Lewis inspires us to look for truth. He challenged us to think and to
meditate. Kennedy gave us platitudes that made us feel good. Does "feeling
good" change us or do we change ourselves when we realize that we were meant
to be better and to do better?C. S. Lewis inspired the citizens of
England in their darkest hour. He has inspired many of us in our darkest hour.
If given a choice of having one book on a deserted island, I would
choose any of C. S. Lewis's books over Kennedy's "Profiles in
Courage". Kennedy wrote an excellent book, but C. S. Lewis wrote things
that we need to think about. "Needing to think" is the first part of
"changing". Those who live as Kennedy lived, will look back with sorrow
knowing that they used others for their personal gratification. Those who live
as C. S. Lewis lived, will rise above their carna immaturity and grow into
something inspiring.Isn't that the goal that we should seek, to
become better and to treat people as the noble sons and daughters of God that
they are instead of using them for personal pleasure?
Kennedy was not a great man, he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and
opportunity was laid in his lap. He may have been a great writer/speaker, but I
suspect history may have seen him as an average president if he had not been
murdered in Dallas 50 years ago. In a side by side comparison of
character, I would take Lewis any day.
Kennedy willed and led us to the moon. He was a leader, as opposed to a
legislator. On the other hand, Lewis did admonish the religious to mind their
own business and not get too haughty about themselves. That's pretty great,
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