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George Orwell book review of CS Lewis' Christian novel "That Hideous Strength"

lewisiana.nl/orwell/index.htm

@vandys I disagree with this review completely at it's assertion that supernatural elements do not contribute to the themes of Lewis' space trilogy. The fact that secular "science" is more of a grasp at power than anything actually scientific or altruistic as it claims to be is predictive of the hypocracy that only became obvious decades later. Lewis was right in pointing out that the destructive ambitions of most people identifying with "humanism" can't be explained by humanity alone.

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'the destructive ambitions of most people identifying with "humanism" can't be explained by humanity alone'

This is a fantastic thesis! I'm curious what you would list as the most destructive ambition in the story which required supernatural motivations?

@vandys I seem to recall when it was just the two villains talking, they were still talking about expanding the human race across the cosmos as an intrinsic good, while putting themselves at great personal risk and killing innocent people, as if they themselves actually believed a twisted version of it. It's been a long time since I read it, but I remember them getting killed at the end, and the counterargument being that they don't actually consider humanity itself precious if everything they've done has only caused suffering and death.

Lewis did something similar with the villain in A Horse And His Boy, where the witch's lackey was so entranced that he could be regularly abused and miserable but still think fondly of her when she wasn't around, saying something like "sure, she's a bit fiesty, but she's a damn fine woman."
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