Wednesday, 22 August 2012

The freedom of self-forgetfulness

From  Lou Sanders at the Edingburgh fringe,
'I do think a lot about other people. Usually I'm thinking-what do they think about me?
Somewhat reminiscent of the talkative guy at the party who interrupts his monologue with,
'That's enough about me, what do you think of me'? 
Tim Keller has written a brilliant little book called The Freedom of self-forgetfulness, in it he draws on C S Lewis,
'In Mere Christianity Lewis makes a brilliant point about gospel-humility at the very end of his chapter on pride. If we were to meet a truly humble person,  Lewis says, we would never come away from a meeting with them thinking they were humble. They would not be always telling us they were a nobody (because a person who keeps saying they are a nobody is actually a very self-obsessed person). The thing we would remember from meeting a truly gospel-humbled person is how much they seem to be totally immersed in us. Because the essence of gospel humility is not thinking more or less of myself, but thinking of myself less.'
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