Lewis on Joy's Death
It is hard to have patience with people who say "There is no death" or "Death doesn't matter." There is death. And whatever is, matters. And whatever happens has consequences, and it and they are irrevocable and irreversible. You might as well say that birth doesn't matter. I look up at the night sky. Is anything more certain than that in all those vast times and spaces, if I were allowed to search them, I should nowhere find her face, her voice, her touch? She died. She is dead. Is the word so difficult to learn?
~C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed, Chapter 1 (1961)
On this day:
1917 Lewis (age 18) arrives at Oxford University to begin his studies.