“The Weight of Glory,” in The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses

Lewis, C. S., edited and with an introduction by Walter Hooper

Collier, 1980

pp. 18-19

Lewis reflects on human dignity, human weightiness.  He calls it a “weight of glory” and then adds this (one of the truly famous Lewis passages): “It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror or a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare.  All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations.  There are no ordinary people.  You have never talked to a mere mortal.”