Advice on Entering Adult Life
May I read you a few lines from Tolstoi’s War and Peace?
The moment he noticed Boris he stopped listening to the general who trotted imploringly after him and begged to be heard, while Prince Andrey turned to Boris with a cheerful smile and a nod of the head.
The Inner Ring: The Memorial Oration at King’s College, the University of London, 1944, by C.S. Lewis (Chapter 5 from this collection)
This is one of the more valuable works from Lewis. It is advice, given to the graduating students of the College. Lewis understands that what is expected of a “middle-aged moralist” at such times is advice “against the World, the Flesh, and the Devil.” Lewis is going to stick to the World in this one – speaking on the Devil has got him I too much trouble, and he suspects his audience knows as much about the flesh as he does!
In the passage above, Boris discovers that there are two hierarchies in this world: the official one, on paper, and a second one – more important. Not on paper, not even a formally organized group.
You are never formally and explicitly admitted by anyone. You discover gradually, in almost indefinable ways, that it exists and that you are outside it; and then
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