On Friendship

“In approaching relationships [prior to his conversion], Lewis adopted the philosophy that ‘all humans pass away. Do not let your happiness depend on something you may lose…I am a safety-first creature. Of all arguments against love none makes so strong an appeal to my nature as ‘Careful! this might lead to suffering.'”

“Lewis’s conversion dramatically altered his assessment of others. He changed from an introvert who, like Freud, was highly critical and distrustful of others, to a person who reached out and appeared to value every human being. Every decision a person makes, Lewis asserts, will take him toward or away from a relationship with the Person who made him, the one relationship for which that individual was created. ‘All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations.'”

– From The Question of God


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