Saturday, September 24, 2011

To See or Not To See

"You cannot go on 'seeing through' things forever. The whole point of seeing through something is to see something through it. It is good that the window should be transparent, because the street or garden beyond it is opaque. How if you saw through the garden too? It is no use trying to 'see through' first principles. If you see through everything, then everything is transparent. But a wholly transparent world is an invisible world. To 'see through' all things is the same as not to see."

--C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man

Germany; view from Neuschwanstein Castle


  1. One of my favorite Lewis works! Especially that last line. Thanks, Julie!

  2. Hmmm. You do make an excellent point.