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Natures revenge, the abolition of man, the triumph of emotions, whims, and feelings over the proven, objective rules and ways of doing things that characterize our civilization. If you want to understand the counter-civilization yin opposed to civilizations yang, this book is a good place to start, particularly the last section. The last section, in particular, should probably be required reading for all citizens in western civilization. Along with the related Gods of the Copybook Headings. 

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One of my favorite books. A must read for any Lewis fan. Also a must read on any teacher, educator, or anyone concerned with training future generations. This is not light reading, but worth the time put in to gather the gems in it.

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a brief summary:
I – By regarding all value judgments as subjective, modern humans are faced with a choice between two evils. Either you hope that other people will still believe at least some
value judgments to be objective; or you hope they will not. The first alternative must involve cynical propaganda. This may in practice be often rejected for moral reasons, although on the subjectivist assumption this comes from a confusion of thought. The second alternative means a debunking of all our sense of value. The resulting apathy is felt to be highly inconvenient, and found to be incurable.
II – The attempt to debunk traditional values is often based on a set of values which is considered to be new, but which in fact is a small selection from traditional morality. The innovator will be unable, in the end, to explain why that selection is retained while the rest is rejected. Thus on a closer view he will have confirmed the “given” nature of all moral principles and the need to reject either all or nothing of traditional morality. Modern people who admit this are then likely not to accept but to reject all, since they believe that morality is human, humanity is nature, and nature is a thing to rule not to be ruled by.
III – “Man’s conquest of Nature” will be completed when human nature is conquered. Values will then be a thing for humans to produce and to modify at will, not a thing to be guided by. The only force left to motivate us will be the force of natural impulses. The conquest of nature will thus have ended in total surrender to nature. On the assumption of a perfect genetic science perfectly applied, we may expect this surrender to be for perpetuity. Our wish to “see through” the mainspring of specifically human action is a magician’s bargain: “to ‘see through’ all things is the same as not to see.”

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I am as disappointed with the Kirkus editorial review as the review is with the book. This book is not really a book - it is three lectures. In those three lectures, Lewis sets forward the erroneous view of values so common today (as illustrated by excerpts from a textbook) and then sets about to show the natural end of that view - the "Abolition of Man." That he does this so powerfully in only three lectures is phenomenal. The images that one is left with from this book are enough to frame an apocalyptic novel around, or to given one nightmares regarding the future of our species. 

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I want to read some of it.

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