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7 Oct One of the most memorable of C. S. Lewis’s essays is entitled “The Inner Ring.” It describes our common desire to be accepted within the “inner. 1 Sep Among ‘ best writings is his essay about insider cabals. Entitled The Inner Ring, it can be read here on the website of the C.S. Lewis. 16 Aug I recently read C.S. Lewis’s sermon titled The Inner Ring, and was surprised how clearly his insight can be applied to cronyism today. He covers.

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Once the first novelty is worn off the members of this circle will be no more interesting than your old friends. Should this reality grip your heart, the grip of inner-ringism would loosen. All this is rather obvious.

Lewis on Disordered Desire to Enter the Inner Ring

IN the whole of your life as you now remember it, has the desire to be on the right side of that invisible line ever prompted you to any act or word on which, in the cold small hours of a wakeful night, you can look back with satisfaction? My main purpose in this address is simply to convince you that this desire is one of the great permanent mainsprings of human action.

That is true, in senses I can’t now explore. The painless death of a pious relative at an advanced age is not an evil. I have already made it fairly clear that I think it better for you not to be that kind of man.

It will be the hint of something which is not quite in accordance with the technical rules of fair play: That is my first reason. However, as the organization become bigger and bigger, a new inner ring will assert itself, and many of those present at the start will suddenly feel less important — outsiders, perhaps even outcasts.


But if he follows that desire he will reach no “inside” that is worth reaching. This desire, in one of its forms, has indeed had ample justice done to it in literature. I shall do my best to gratify it. The choice is still before you: But it is not constant. Lewis’s witty, intelligent defenses of traditional morality and religion led him to challenge many of the secular orthodoxies of the twentieth century.

African and Mideast Business. But an earnest desire for her death on the part of her heirs is not reckoned a proper feeling, and the law frowns on even the gentlest attempt to expedite her departure.

You discovered one in your house at school before the end of the first term. I am going to issue warnings. We hope to have this fixed soon. But if you break it, a surprising result will follow. An invitation from a duchess would be very cold comfort to a man smarting under the c.s.leiws of exclusion from some artistic or communist coterie.

C.S. Lewis & The Inner Ring | Nate Shurden

Lewis this summer, and having a grand ole time doing it. And of course everyone knows what a middle-aged moralist of my type warns his juniors against.

Stated simply, we are only as good as how accepted we feel by the inner-rings we want to belong to. There are what correspond to passwords, but they are too spontaneous and informal. I wonder whether, in ages of promiscuity, many a virginity has not been lost less in obedience to Venus than in obedience to the lure of the caucus. Freud would say, no doubt, that the whole thing is a subterfuge of the sexual impulse. That will be the natural thing—the life that will come to you of its own accord.

It will be the hint of something which the public, the ignorant, romantic public, would never understand: Of all the passions, the passion for the Inner Ring is most skillful in making a man who is not yet a very bad man do very bad things. I shall in fact, give you advice about the world in which you are going to live.


But you have met the phenomenon of an Inner Ring. In the passage I have just read from Tolstoy, the c.s.lewiis second lieutenant Boris Dubretskoi discovers that there exist in the army two different systems or hierarchies. Dec 5, Halifax, NS. And as for lighter matters, the number of people who first smoked or first got drunk for a similar reason is probably very large.

I am not going to say that the existence of Inner Rings is an Evil. And if you come back to the same Divisional Headquarters, or Brigade Headquarters, or the same regiment or even the same company, after six weeks’ absence, you may find this second hierarchy quite altered. It may end in a crash, a scandal, and penal servitude: And of course everyone knows what a middle-aged moralist of my type warns his juniors against.

The danger of striving for the ‘inner ring’

And I can assure you that in whatever hospital, inn of court, diocese, school, business, or college you arrive after going down, you will find the Rings-what Tolstoi calls the second or unwritten systems. If so, your case is more fortunate than most.

The only innr rule is that the insiders and outsiders call it by different names. The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures.

Badly as I may have described it, I hope you will all have recognized the thing I am describing.