Oct 24, 2008

Omnipotent Moral Busybodies

Of all tyrannies a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

--C. S. Lewis

4 comments:

PeggyU said...

How true! Nice find, Joan!

Bob said...

Joan,
I cannot thank you enough for this post. It is so powerfully true.

John Holton said...

One of my favorite quotes ever.

pamibe said...

That's spot on. I love Lewis and have quite a few of his books. The man was brilliant.