There are certain books or essays that I’ll always go back to and reread throughout my life. The Inner Ring by C.S. Lewis is one of them. It cuts to the core with candid honesty and ironic humor about an undeniable motive in our hearts regarding community in our lives. Lewis delivered this lecture in 1944 at King’s College, University of London, to challenge the societal structure that we create within our minds and through our behaviors. In his analysis of some of the subtlest yet most pervasive vices in our lives, Lewis challenges the one thing none of us is without: friendship.
Without giving the essay away, I want to share with you this quote:
“…this desire is going to be one of the chief motives of your life, from the first day on which you enter your profession until the day when you are too old to care. That will be the natural thing -the life that will come to you of its own accord. Any other kind of life, if you lead it, will be the result of conscious and continuous effort. If you do nothing about it, if you drift with the stream, you will in fact be an “inner ringer.” “
What is the desire that C.S. Lewis is uncovering here? Read more about what the ‘inner ring’ is, and ask yourself, am I an ‘inner ringer’? You can download and read it here.