Screwtape's ‘fixated on politics’ quote, is not by C.S. Lewis

You and I may like the idea, but proceed with caution

You may have seen this quote floating around the internet:

My dear wormwood,

Be sure the patient remains completely fixated on politics. Arguments, political gossip, and obsessing on the faults of people they have never met serves as an excellent distraction from advancing in personal virtue, character, and the things the patient can control. Make sure to keep the patient in a constant state of angst, frustration, and general disdain towards the rest of the human race in order to avoid any kind of charity or inner peace from further developing. Ensure the patient continues to believe that the problem is “out there” in the “broken system” rather than recognizing there is a problem with himself.

Keep up the good work,

Uncle Screwtape.

“Screwtape Letters” by C.S. Lewis ~1942

Unfortunately this is not by C.S. Lewis. It is written in the style of the Screwtape Letters but it was written by someone else. And even though I agree with the thoughts presented in the quote, we have to be careful.

“fixated on politics” does not appear in The Screwtape Letters

Factual C.S. Lewis quotes on Politics

C.S. Lewis did talk about politics in the Screwtape Letters another article rounded up a few of the best quotes. I thought this one was interesting:

Mom lessons are the best lessons

My Mom taught me something around the dinner table, that I value to this day. I would tell some fact or story I had heard at school, and she would always ask me “What is the source?”. If I didn’t know it, she would teach me that I shouldn’t share something as fact, when I don’t know where it came from. ‘What is the source?’ is a question I use daily. Thanks Mom. 😘

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