This new book I am reading is a real eye opener.
It is an autobiography of sorts written by Lewis telling of his background as a youth and coming to a point where he discovered joy. As he states joy is separate experience from happiness and pleasure.
As a young boy being sent to a boarding school Lewis states that he was a christian during this time, as he grew older he was influence by certain teachers and writers and ended up becoming an atheist and involved in the occult.
This he carried into the college that he attended which it was called Wyvern.
Lewis uses a lot of 100.00 college words and I thought while reading the book I was misinterpreting what he was saying and that maybe in England they have different meanings for certain words that we use in America. He used words like; pederasty, fags, fagging, young tarts, etc., along with many other terms.
At this college a lot of the junior/senior students belong to a society called the “bloods”, this group was people who were of blue blood origin or because of athletic ability, or were following the latest trends, ruled over the newer and lessor classmates. Other colleges had different terminology but the same practices took place. During this time in the all boy college it was quite common for these individuals to be involved in homosexuality with their younger class mates, who if they did not participate would be derided and made to live in a horrible condition while attending the college. Most would do what they could to try and please these people so they would eventually become accepted in the group called bloods. They called these pretty boys “tarts” and this was an accepted practice in the colleges of England.
According to Lewis this was a common practice in all the colleges and the authorities would just look the other way. He also states this practice was going on during his time in college but he could not speak for the conditions in the colleges today. Because of this social behavior and other reasons he stated he became a “prig”, while in school.
I was not expecting this from the book at all and was quite surprised, I only have a hundred pages or so left and I am interested in what he is going to say about finding Joy.
The only real joy in life is through serving Christ, so I am expecting this to be the conclusion.
READ WHAT C. S. LEWIS WROTE HERE.