Screwtape Letters- Virtue of Humility


Definitions of People in the story :The devil (screwtape) and his nephew (wormwood). God is called the (Enemy), their human victim is called the (Patient).

Screwtape examines the virtue of Humility:

Your patient has become humble, have you drawn his attention to the fact???  All virtues are less formidable to us once the man is aware that he has them, but this is especially true of humility.  Catch him at the moment when he is really poor in spirit and smuggle into his mind the gratifying reflection, “ I’m being humble” and almost immediately PRIDE – Pride at his own humility- will appear.  If he awakes to the danger and tries to smother this new form of pride make him proud of his attempt – and so on, through as many stages as you please.  But don’t try this too long, for fear you awake his sense of humor and proportion, in which case he will merely laugh at you and go on to bed.

If they keep the man concerned with himself, and , above all, his self-contempt can be made the starting point for contempt of other selves, and thus for gloom, cynicism and cruelty.

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One Response to Screwtape Letters- Virtue of Humility

  1. How true this is: the last thing evil wants us to have is a sense of humor and not take ourselves seriously!

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