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Monday, March 15, 2010

Duty or Delight?

"A perfect man would never act from a sense of duty; he’d always want the right thing more than the wrong one. Duty is only a substitute for love (of God and of other people) like a crutch which is a substitute for a leg. Most of us need the crutch at times; but of course it is idiotic to use the crutch when our own legs (our own loves, tastes, habits etc.) can do the journey on their own." (Letters of C. S. Lewis/1966, p. 277)


So when you get flowers for your wife, do you do it out of duty or delight?