More wisdom from C.S. Lewis

“When you teach a child writing, you hold its hand while it forms the letters; that is, it forms the letters because you are forming them.  We love and reason because God loves and reasons and holds our hand while we do it…The teacher is able to form the letters for the child because the teacher is grown-up and knows how to write.  That, of course, makes it easier for the child.  If it rejected him because ‘it’s easy for grown-ups’ and waited to learn writing from another child who could not write itself (and so had no ‘unfair’ advantage), it would not get on very quickly.  If I am drowning in a rapid river, a man who still has one foot on the bank may give me a hand which saves my life.  Ought I to shout back (between my gasps) ‘No, it’s not fair! You have an advantage! You’re keeping one foot on the bank’?  That advantage – call it ‘unfair’ if you like – is the only reason why he can be of any use to me.  To what will you look for help if you will not look to that which is stronger than yourself.”  Mere Christianity, Book II, Chapter 4

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