Dear Uncle Lewis,
There is no one among my peers to say this to, everyone is busy with their smart phone and parents are busy buying smart phones for their children. Even those who might listen to me will think I am outdated or absurd, anything that is not post-modern is not to be reckoned with. You know where they get all of these instructions from? Their smartphones. I am still marveled at how smart phones have made us un-smart human beings. And no one is taking responsibility for this, by the way we are civilized people-everything is free, they call it human right.
The first bad news in this letter is that your book Chronicles of Narnia has been converted into a motion screen (Although they did it long ago, I am sure no one told you). I am not at all impressed by the Narnia in it, that wasn’t the Narnia I always thought of. It falls below my expectation. Sadly, it will make the next generation loose the art of imagination. One gift of imagining Narnia by yourself is that it allows you to make Narnia whatever fits best by your current realities, however, kids will no longer enjoy that. A child in Canada and a child in Nigeria now have the same Narnia in their minds, this is not a good omen and it is not for uniformity. This generation is lazy Lewis, they do not want to think. We want it quick and easy. We are drowning in the sea of too much information. Most people do not want to engage with the power of their minds to create stuffs. Narnia is too powerful for them to imagine.
I will like to share with you from Ravi Zacharias book, Recapture The Wonder,
In the 1950s kids lost their innocence. They were liberated from their parents by well-paying jobs, cars, and lyrics in music that gave rise to a new term-the generation gap.
In the 1960s, kids lost their authority. It was the decade of protest-church, state, and parents were all called into question and found wanting. Their authority was rejected, yet nothing ever replaced it.
In the 1970s, kids lost their love. It was the decade of me-ism dominated by hyphenated words beginning with self. Self-image, Self-esteem, Self-assertion … It made for a lonely world. Kids learned everything there was to know about sex and forgot everything there was to know about love, and no one had the nerve to tell them there was a difference.
In the 1980s, kids lost their hope. Stripped of innocence, authority, and love and plagued by the horror of a nuclear nightmare, large and growing numbers of this generation stopped believing in the future.
In the 1990s kids lost their power to reason. Less and less were they taught the very basics of language, truth, and logic and they grew up with the irrationality of a postmodern world.
In the new millennium, kids woke up and found out that somewhere in the midst of all this change, they had lost their imagination. Violence and perversion entertained them till none could talk of killing innocents since none was innocent anymore.
Imagination is lost.
King Caspian and Queen Susan kissed before their farewell. Do not think it was to present “There were affectionate and (on Lucy’s part) tearful farewells with all their old friends – animal kisses, and hugs from Bulgy Bears, and hands wrung by Trumpkin, and a last tickly, whiskerish embrace with Trufflehunter.” It was because they needed to make it interesting. Currently, nothing is interesting unless it is erotic. Eros is the only way to get millennial interested. The porn industry continues to generate more revenue than could ever have been imagined by your generation. By the way, do you understand what porn is at all?
Let me put it into your perspective…
Remember the story of David viewing Bathsheba from upper chambers of the palace? Alright, this time around. The Bathsheba in current porn does this for money, and does it legally. David does not have to climb up the roof top to view it, he can view this from any part of the world.
What David is watching is not Bathsheba bathing, what he is watching is what Absalom did with his Father’s wife during the “coup”. This is civilization at its peak Lewis. We enjoy it. We celebrate the actors and they are placed on the walls of our rooms. Do you know how hard it is to get these “upper room experiences”? Its free. Just a click on the internet and all this will be at your disposal. Fathers watch this, their sons do, their daughters do, and mothers too. Mass distribution: all the world can access this at the same time from anywhere if they all just have a smart phone and internet.
This is the world we find ourselves in. It has never been more difficult to be a Christian and it has never been more exciting–God is everywhere. The earth is the Lord’s. He’s never been more present. In all of these, it is clear that God is ever behind the shadows, speaking, communicating and listening.
The hunger for home is ever blazing. Those of us who know that this is not the goal are constantly looking up to Jesus, we are waiting to say “I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now.”
No invention can satisfy us, our quest for that other land is unconquerable. We may make mistakes, we may fall, we may sin but Lewis, we know that heaven is what we truly want. And we are sure that God has prepared that place for us. We are also aware that you (cloud of witnesses) are waiting for us so we can have the wedding supper of the lamb.
Nothing is interesting unless it is erotic. That’s the new theme song.
For me Lewis, nothing here would ever take away the quest for that other side. This Narnia is fallen, I wonder why they can’t see that. I really really pray that they see it. Or is it that they refuse to see it?
Another reason I am writing to you is that most people here cannot take time to write letters, they do not appreciate the beauty in them. Writing to you often reminds me of where I am going to–heaven. By writing to citizens of that land, I am reminded myself of where I really belong and it inspires me to go on. Its good that you cannot reply, at least this way, the word of God remains the most important document.
Greet Nabeel Qureshi and Billy Graham. I think about them so much lately. You know I wouldn’t dare say you should greet everyone, they are too much to mention in a single letter. Please help me tell Tolkien that they did the same thing with his classic, “Lord of The Rings”.