Glad to see Donna quoting from her reading this morning. I was already planning to quote this from my reading of C.S. Lewis last night; now we have a trend.

The passage is from Lewis’ speech on “Why I Am Not a Pacifist.” It’s published in The Weight of Glory.

… I have received no assurance that anything we do will eradicate sufering. I think the best results are obtained by people who work quietly away at limited objectives, such as the abolition of the slave trade, or prison reform, or factory acts, or tuberculosis, not by those who think they can achieve universal justice, or health, or peace. I think the art of life consists in tackling each immediate evil as well as we can. To avert or postpone one particular war by wise policy, or to render one particular campaign shorter by strength and skill or less terrible by mercy to the conquered and the civilians is more useful than all the proposals for universal peace that have ever been made; just as the dentist who can stop one toothache has deserved better of humanity than all the men who think they have some scheme for producing a perfectly healthy race.