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  1. Introduction
  2. The abolition of man
  3. Analysis and criticism
  4. Conclusion

In Lewis' ?The Abolition of Man,? Lewis argues that in the future, if natural law and objective value are to continue to be taught to children as things that are worthless, that the human populace will be controlled by a select few who know how to pull all of the right psychological strings to get the mindless masses to do whatever they want them to do. Lewis says that these ?puppet masters? will lose their humanity because this behavior contradicts natural law and the mindless masses will be no more than robots that are there to serve these select few, thereby completing the Abolition of Man.

I have to disagree completely with Lewis on this one. The need to follow a leader is a part of humans that has existed since before we were developed enough to even have a natural law. It goes back to our herd instincts. The need to be part of a group for protection is an instinctual need that we humans have had since the first time we had predators. Although now that we are the dominant species, the only aggression we have to fear is from our peers, and these consist of mental or social attacks.

[...] But since the students were just shooting off quotes from textbooks they were no better than an abridged version of the material they were reciting, making them sub-par textbooks instead of human beings. Hopefully they will regain their humanity sometime before graduation. Lewis argued that CoTs will be the downfall of humanity, but this could not be firther from the truth. In fact it is on the farthest side opposite the truth. As long as people are thinking for themselves and flocking to and forming CoT's with other humans, humanity will survive. References Lewis, C.S. The Abolition of Man. Lakewood: Simon and Schuster, 1943. Print. [...]


[...] I have to disagree completely with Lewis on this one. The need to follow a leader is a part of humans that has existed since before we were developed enough to even have a natural law. It goes back to our herd instincts. The need to be part of a group for protection is an instinctual need that we humans have had since the first time we had predators. Although now that we are the dominant species, the only aggression we have to fear is from our peers, and these consist of mental or social attacks. [...]

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