More from Membership by C.S. Lewis: True Membership vs. A Collective

“How true membership in a body differs from inclusion in a collective may be seen in the structure of a family. The grandfather, the parents, the grown-up son, the child, the dog, and the cat are true members (in the organic sense), precisely because they are not members or units of a homogenous class. They are not interchangeable. Each person is almost a species in himself. The mother is not simply a different person from the daughter; she is a different kind of person.”

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

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