Re: Re: [mythsoc] New Screwtape, old ideas, 25 March
- Thank you, Margaret; thank you, Alexei. The citation I was trying to
remember would have been homosexuality in Surprised by Joy, but the other
works just as well.
So perhaps then it is from CSL that I get my standard belief that many if
not most vices and virtues are opposite sides of the same trait. Or maybe
it's because I'm a Libra, or something partway between CSL and my ownself.
It seems obvious to me, and a useful thing for literature... a character
can be a workaholic (bad) and ever so productive (good), for example. Are
there many other places we run across this concept so clearly laid out for
And today, then, is a day of Grace... and I don't mean the list member but
the idea... Fate or Fortune or Grace or whatever it was that pushed Gollum
into the pit (mercy on his tormented soul) and buoyed up Queen Esther, got
Jesus through the Crucifixion, and so on and so forth.
Elizabeth Apgar Triano
amor vincit omnia
> It was gambling, IIRC. He said that whatever the personality
> trait was that caused people to gamble, he lacked it, and so
> couldn't say anything useful in warning against it. He further
> said that this probably meant he lacked the virtue of which this
> vice was the perversion.
> He said much the same thing about homosexuality in _Surprised by Joy_ (in
> chapter on "Bloodery").