Get On With Life

C.S. Lewis wrote this article 72 years ago about the obsession with the atomic bomb that people of his day had, and I have modified it a bit to fit our day.


In one way we think a great deal too much of the COVID “How are we to live with the threat of COVID?” “Why, as you would have lived in the sixteenth century when the plague visited London almost every year, or as you would have lived in a Viking age when raiders from Scandinavia might land and cut your throat any night; or indeed, as you are already living in an age of cancer, an age of syphilis, an age of paralysis, an age of railway accidents, an age of motor accidents.”
In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the COVID, and quite a high percentage of us were going to die in unpleasant ways. It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty.
We need to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be killed by COVID let that virus find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about viruses. COVID may make our bodies sick, but it need not dominate our minds.

5 thoughts on “Get On With Life

  1. mountainman2013

    Pastor Dee,If Iran were to get the atomic bomb, there’s goes 1/3 of the world in one day, Poof !The rider on the red horse of RevelationsNot that I fear this, but those long range missiles may destined for America, not Israel.    If they do send those babies over here I hope one lands right on my head! I’m ready for the City of Gold ! 

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