Daily Dabble in the Classics, C.S. Lewis
It is in Man’s power to treat himself as a mere ‘natural object’ and his judgments of value as raw material for scientific manipulation to alter at will … The real objection is that if man chooses to treat himself as raw material, raw material he will be: not raw material to be manipulated, as he fondly imagined, by himself, but by mere appetite, that is, mere Nature, in the person of his de-humanized Conditioners … A dogmatic belief in objective value is necessary to the very idea of a rule which is not tyranny or an obedience which is not slavery.
Source: C. S. Lewis, Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English, Cambridge University; from his book, “The Abolition of Man.”
Daily Dabble in the Classics Copyright © 2011 Steve Farrell.