C.S. Lewis on Prosperity

From an older demon to a younger one as recorded in C.S. Lewis’ book The Screwtape Letters:

“Prosperity knits a man to the World. He feels that he is ‘finding his place in it,’ while really it is finding its place in him.

His increasing reputation, his widening circle of acquaintances, his sense of importance, the growing pressure of absorbing and agreeable work, build up in him a sense of being really at home in earth, which is just what we want.

You will notice that the young are generally less unwilling to die than the middle-aged and the old.”