Pity

‘Ye must distinguish. The action of pity will live forever: But the passion of pity will not. The passion for pity, the pity we merely suffer, the ache that draws men to concede what should not be conceded and the flatter when they should speak truth, the pity that has cheated many a woman out of her virginity and many a statesman out of his honesty – that will die. It was used as a weapon by bad men against good ones: Their weapon will be broken … Every disease that submits to a cure shall be cured: But we will not call blue yellow to please those who insist on still having jaundice.’

(CS Lewis – The Great Divorce p.111)

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