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CS Lewis’s Prophecy Coming True, As We Give Over Our Freedoms to Technology

Discussion in 'One Bread, One Body - Catholic' started by Michie, Nov 22, 2020.

  1. Michie

    Michie Human rights begin in the womb. Supporter

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    As Europe was reeling from the aftermath of the Second World War, C.S. Lewis was taking part in a conversation in the English papers about the possibility of progress. As usual, Lewis cut through both the vague optimism of the progressives and the sour negativity of the pessimists.

    The Possibility of Progress
    In reading his thoughts in Is Progress Possible — in the collection of his essays called God in the Dock — I came across a remarkable prophecy. Lewis was analyzing the state of mind of so many in post-war Europe. Many were homeless, their livelihoods destroyed and their lives fractured by the war.

    When Lewis was writing in the early 1950s Britain was limping along with widespread poverty, rationing of food and an ongoing social crisis. He recognized that the government would have to step in to provide for the people, but he feared the result would be the loss of freedom.

    The Power Behind the Throne — Modern Science
    Furthermore, Lewis observed that the ruling power in the brave new world would neither be God nor kings who were supposedly divinely appointed. Neither would it simply be power hungry politicians. Instead Lewis thought the power behind the throne would be modern science.

    I dread the government in the name of science. That is how tyrannies come in. In every age the men who want us under their thumb, if they have any sense will put forward the particular pretension which the hopes and fears of that age render most potent. They ‘cash in’. It has been magic, it has been Christianity. Now it will certainly be science.

    Lewis was not denigrating science as such. He was warning of a society in which science provided the ruling belief system behind the power. Why was science a frightening dark Lord? Because those who have science as their underlying ideology are also utilitarian in their views. That is to say, they will choose the scientific, efficient, cost-effective and surgical or chemical solution to problems.

    Not a Dream, but a Nightmare
    In his novel That Hideous Strength Lewis told the story of an England in the grip of a cabal of scientific, atheistic globalists, planning to dominate humanity. Their planned utopia turns out to be not a dream, however, but a nightmare. Lewis knew that a society driven only by scientific advancement would be a nightmare because individuals would become pawns in the power games. They would be used, abused and disposed of without a second thought.

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  2. Rachel20

    Rachel20 Well-Known Member

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    Sagan had the same concern -