Some Things Don’t Really Change

Friday with Screwtape 8 (series)

Given the last ten years, with its war and conflict, the often vitriolic rhetoric, the words of Lewis through the mouth of the loathsome Screwtape are still appropriate for us to consider.

As regards his more general attitude to the war, you must not rely too much on those feelings of hatred which the humans are so fond of discussing in Christian, or anti-Christian, periodicals. In his anguish, the patient can, of course, be encouraged to revenge himself by some vindictive feelings directed towards the German leaders, and that is good so far as it goes. But it is usually a sort of melodramatic or mythical hatred directed against imaginary scapegoats. He has never met these people in real life–they are clay figures modelled on what he gets from newspapers. The results of such fanciful hatred are often most disappointing, and of all humans the English are in this respect the most deplorable milksops. They are creatures of that miserable sort who loudly proclaim that torture is too good for their enemies and then give tea and cigarettes to the first wounded German pilot who turns up at the back door.

Replace English with Americans, Germans with Muslims, and read it again.

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