BRAINWAVES
VI.  Quotations
Evolutionary Hymn  Lead us, Evolution, lead us Up the future's endless stair: Prod us, change us, chop us, weed us, For stagnation is despair; Groping, guessing, yet progressing, Lead us nobody knows where.   Wrong or justice in the present, Joy or sorrow, what are they While there's always jam tomorrow, While we tread the onward way? Never knowing where we're going, We can never go astray.   To whatever variation Our posterity may turn, Hairy, squashy, or crustacean, Bulbous-eyed or square of stern, Tusked or toothless, mild or ruthless, Towards that unknown god we yearn.   Ask not if it's god or devil, Brethren, lest your words imply Static norms of good and evil (As in Plato) throned on high; Such scholastic, inelastic, Abstract yardsticks we deny.   Far too long have sages vainly Glossed great Nature's simple text; He who runs can read it plainly, 'Goodness = what comes next'. By evolving, life is solving All the questions we perplexed.   On then! Value means survival- Value. If our progeny Spreads and spawns and licks each rival, That will prove its deity (Far from pleasant, by our present Standards, though it well may be).   C. S. Lewis.   Evolutionary Hymn by C.S. Lewis copyright © C.S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. Used with the kind permission of The CS Lewis Company Ltd.