50 years ago today, Kennedy, Huxley and Lewis followed different paths to the grave

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  • Mom of 8 Hyrum, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 4:19 p.m.

    I thought this was a marvelous piece. One of the most thought-provoking and informative articles I've read in a long time. Since all of this happened before I was born, I appreciated the connections and insights.

  • DRay Roy, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 2:47 p.m.

    That's a long article, and the comments so far are lengthy. Can I get some kind of a star for reading through them? Coincidence that all 3 men died the same day? Or that Huxley and Lewis both had mothers who died the same day, that both their wives died of cancer? Or that they both, as did Kennedy, knew adversity and fought valiantly through it? If its true that Buddhism reaches for Nirvana through self-control, Kennedy seemingly failed with that, and what humanity is, is imperfect. If one gets to Heaven simply by honoring father, Kennedy did well there. If Lewis is closer to being right, that while men are responsible for where they end up, but that without the Atonement of Christ no one gets saved, then...well I guess the Mormons are right. I admire them all, but must most closely agree with C. S. Lewis's conclusions. Enjoyed the article and comments. Better than the sports section!

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 10:40 a.m.

    Watched a documentary on JFK last night. What a great leader he was. Same for his brother Bobbie. We should have had 16 years in the presidency from these two brothers but instead we only got 3. What a tragedy for America. To think also what we got instead - LBJ and Nixon. Holy cow - this just compounds the tragedy at least for the country. Listening to JFK speak ... the man was just flat out inspiring and moving. People trusted him not only in America but across the world. He was probably the most respected president - along with FDR and Reagan we have seen in the past 100 years. He had his flaws - morally speaking and some with his policies but the man was a strong and inspiring leader that ALL Americans ... black and white, Democrat and Republican or Independent could all proudly call their president. The shock and grief following his death was terrible. The only thing I can compare it to was 911. Where have all the leaders gone? JFK was a man of great substance and ability. Today we have an empty suit in the White House at best...and that's being kind.

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    Nov. 22, 2013 10:14 a.m.

    A nice overview but it hardly does justice to what a profound thinker and man of insight Aldous Huxley was. And if you are inclined towards skepticism, as I am, Huxley may well save for you what nugget of truth can be found in religion – his writings (notably, The Perennial Philosophy and the essay collection, Huxley & God) are pure gold.

    I don’t think quite the same can be said of C.S. Lewis. Although brilliant and by all accounts a wonderful person (the movie Shadowlands – and Anthony Hopkins - captures this extremely well), his writings are too often tainted with the base alloys of doctrine & theology and so he misses the common core found in all religions – namely , the purity of uninterpreted religious experience.

    Or perhaps more accurately, he occasionally recognizes it but he interprets it through the lens of Christian superiority without ever considering the possibility that other traditions have something to offer even above & beyond what is found in Christianity.

    That said, a believer could do far worse (much of the drivel found in Christian book stores) than reading Lewis. But if you ever get tired of 14k spirituality and want to experience the 24k variety, read Huxley.