Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Abolition of Man: Chapter 3

I thought that this chapter was easier to understand than the others. I found it to be a little scary to think that what we call, "Man's power over Nature turns out to be a power exercised by some men over the other men with Nature as its instrument." Its very weird to think that the man's power is controlled by something/someone else. We have gotten to the point in time when we think that what we think is really ourselves thinking is not. 

In this reading Lewis talked about some of the key points that is leading to the downfall of man in the universe. Men are falling away from the standard of justice, the Tao, to a new type of man, a man that has claimed everything and almost conquered himself. Man has found ways to defy gravity, generate specific life, and conquer death, this is leading man to conquer over nature. Lewis explains this as man deceiving himself. With these scientific advances over nature becomes a "power exercised by some men over other men with nature as their instrument." This is leading to man's domination of some men over other men.  These attitudes result in a loss of values and a loss of ideals of Tao.

1 comment:

  1. Dear Briana,

    I am happy this reading was easier for you. You are great at describing it. I agree it is 'kind of scary' to see how much power one man can have over the other. You know what scared me most? the fact that we also act on the past and our future... How much we need God's help!
    adriana & Paulo