I am credibly informed that young humans now sometimes suppress an incipient taste for classical music or good literature because it might prevent their Being like Folks; that people who would really wish to be – and are offered the Grace which would enable them to be – honest, chaste, or temperate, refuse it. To accept might make them Different, might offend against the Way of Life, take them out of Togetherness, impair their Integration with the Group. They might (horror of all horrors!) become individuals.
The Illustrated Screwtape Letters: Letters from a Senior to a Junior Devil by C. S. Lewis is one hell of a brilliant, and both extremely clever and humorous, book. I had such a splendid time reading Screwtape’s opinions and theories on human beings and our odd ways.
This book is much more serious than it seems, though. Or maybe seeing it as serious is why we really need it in our lives. We have a lot to learn from this one single senior devil. And the junior one, the one Screwtape is addressing his/its letters to? The fact that he/it is falling in love with our ways, the human ways, says a lot about us.
To be honest, I think this book should be part of a must read before attempting at living list. I believe it to be quite a helpful, and thoughtful, guide. Laughs included.
Here’s to Satire. Cheers!
P.S. This particular edition, illustrated by William Papas, is absolutely stunning.