Here 's a passage from page 45- CS is talking about what he calls Dualism ( i.e. Manichaeism) whereby the existence of evil is explained by there being two equal forces in the Universe which are in perpetual contention, the Good one and Bad one.
But in real life people are cruel for one of two reasons- either because they are sadists, that is, because they ave a sexual perversion which makes cruelty a cause of sensual pleasure to them, or else for the sake of something they are lookin to come out of it- money, or power, or safety.
But pleasure, money, power and safety are all, as far as they o, good things.
I do mean that wickedness, when you xamine it, turns out to be the pursuit of some good in the wrong ay.
Because when you do ad things you ’ re alway trying to achieve ends which are eally ood, but you ’ re going about it the wrong ay, huh?
How in whatever grotesque rhetorical contortion could that be construed as pursuing a GOOD thing in the wrong way??
There was classic multiple murderer in 1972 in California called Herbert Mullin – he as a schizophrenic who was smitten with the impending Big Earthquake and went around randomly beating 13 people to death because his brain told him THAT HA THE WAY TO STOP THE EARTHQUAKE!
I give it, CS, he was helping to do GOOD thing in a BAD pat.
It ’ d ut them off for life.****** WHY I THOUGHT OF READING THIS IN THE FIRST PLACEOriginally Pink Floyd was Syd Barrett 's band- he was the lead singe, lead singer and only songwriter.
Every time the Christians play me their song they change the chords.
So I still ca n't figure out what they mean when they speak these simple phrases with those little big words- " God ", " saved ", " life ", " sin "- that kind of hing.