A sick society must think much about politics as a sick man must think much about his digestion. (…) if either comes to regard it as the natural food of the mind; if either forgets that we think of such things only in order to be able to think of something else; then what was undertaken for the sake of health has become itself a new and deadly disease.

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When Politics Becomes an End Instead of a Means

“The secular community (…) has no higher end than to facilitate and safeguard the family and friendship and solitude. (…) a household laughing together over a meal, or two friends talking over a pint of beer, or a man alone reading a book that interests him (…) all economics, politics, laws, armies and institutions save insofar as they prolong and multiply such scenes are a mere ploughing the sand and sowing the ocean, a meaningless vanity and vexation of spirit.”

C.S. Lewis in his essay Membership

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