05 May 2016

Thursday Thought:: C.S. Lewis on Vulnerability and Love

A PlayFull life is a life that risks, a life of vulnerability. C.S. Lewis describes the alternative—and it ain’t pretty. Live playfully, friends!

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one...Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket – safe, dark, motionless, airless – it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is hell.” -from The Four Loves*

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*This quote was included in Plough’s Daily Dig; May 5, 2016.

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