C.S. LEWIS: The Great Divorce

In this tale about Heaven and hell, there is a bus that travels between these two worlds. Any ghost , down below, can ride on the bus; and better yet, there is the possibility of staying in Heaven, if the ghost so desires. Lewis explores the human condition, especially when the ghosts meet the Solid Ones. Where total surrender is required, there is always SOMETHING that takes us back to the illusory world we really despise.

Every time I read or listen to The Great Divorce, there are insights into life that I missed before. Some of the ghosts meet persons they knew in life. A renewed relationship, in Heaven but never in hell, requires change in the heart for the visitors from what is the worst part of human nature. You don’t have to go back! But most everyone does.

There is a desire to change my morning routine from TV news to reading more of the writings of C.S. Lewis. A Trappist monk once recommended I read him when I was depressed about the state of the world. There is nothing I can do about the madness of the present world, but I can focus my attention on the bus ride I will take at the end of my life.


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