Saturday, September 8, 2012

Reading Something of True Value

We hear discussion from time to time about the merits of reading history and ancient writings which can seem so removed from our modern world. I am convinced we have lost something truly valuable when we stop reading about the past. In a recent Slice of Infinity, Jill Carattini shared the following:

"C.S. Lewis wrote often of 'the great cataract of nonsense' that blinds us to knowledge of earlier times and keeps us content with history in pieces. He was talking about the common tendency to treat the voices of history with a certain level of incredulity and inferiority—even if with a pleasant curiosity all the same. Elsewhere, he called it chronological snobbery, a tendency to concern oneself primarily with present sources while dissecting history as we please. Yet to do so, warned Lewis, is to walk unaware of the cataracts through which we see the world today. Far better is the mind that truly considers the past, allowing its lessons to interact with the army of voices that battle for our allegiance. For a person who has lived thoroughly in many eras is far less likely to be deceived by the errors of his or her own age."

~Jill Carattini is managing editor of A Slice of Infinity at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia.

Shall we go to a quiet cozy corner and read something of true value a while?