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Difference Makes For Real Organic Unity, from CSL’s “Membership”

“That is why the modern notion that children should call their parents by their Christian [first] names is so perverse. For this is an effort to ignore the difference in kind which makes for real organic unity. They are trying to inoculate the child with the preposterous view that one’s mother is simply a fellow citizen like anyone else, to make it ignorant of what all men know and insensible to what all men feel. They are trying to drag the featureless repetitions of the collective into the fuller and more concrete world of family.”

C.S. Lewis, from the essay “Membership” in, The Weight of Glory

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  1. Could you imagine calling your mother by her Christian name? I think you’d only do that one time at my house.

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