Daily Book Challenge: Day 17/New Book Tour

3 Sep

Sorry I’m now a few days behind on this challenge – but, my sister is moved, and I got one final kayaking in yesterday. I might make more – but I go back to work on Thursday and life has a habit of getting away with oneself. I never thought I’d be the person who decides to take a morning to catch up on emails.

In other news – I’m doing another book blog tour. Check out here for the schedule – hopefully I’ll get a few good reviews (of which I mean both good and bad – maybe critical is the more optimal word).

Day 17 – Favorite quote from your favorite book

When the time comes to you at which you will be forced at last to utter the speech which has lain at the center of your souls for years, which you have, all that time, idiot-like, been saying over and over, you’ll not talk about the joy of words. I saw well why the gods do not speak openly, nor let us answer. Till that need can be dug out of us, why should they hear the babble that we think we mean? How can they meet us face to face till we have faces.

Till we Have Faces by C.S. Lewis

 

There’s a number of reasons I like this – I’ll avoid the religious aspect for now, and say that I think it’s interesting to see how we dress things up with words. Also, how when we’re young, we have our set of standards, but then we’re forced to, at least most of us, to put aside our honor to play the games that are a real slippery slide. Think of a young politician who starts to make concessions to ‘play the game’ and do things for the greater good and all of a sudden becomes surrounded by corruption – and the individual is implicated because of their earlier actions. Or go simpler – someone who isn’t ready for an intimate relationship, but goes ahead anyway – the tell themselves this is the only way to be loved, but in the end, they feel hollow and used – so they might tell themselves that they just need to get used to the idea, meanwhile they should stop and tell their partner about their issues. Motives? Fear? Personal gain? Ambition?

The thing is, even if you do need to shake hands with the devil in because there is no right anwer that you can see, you still come across changed and injured – implicated, and by dressing things up with words, we try to legitimize things. Especially as someone who claims to be an INTJ, I don’t like to play manipulation games, hide intent and scheme. It’s absolutely necessary and kind of inherent to my nature, so I like to do it as sparingly as possible.

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