6. Read the excerpt from C. S. Lewis below. What “small good” preferences are you tempted to put first, with the risk of losing the big good preference – the kingdom – in the process?
Excerpt from C.S. Lewis in God in the Dock
“The woman who makes a dog the centre of her life loses, in the end, not only her human usefulness and dignity but even the proper pleasure of dog-keeping. The man who makes alcohol his chief good loses not only his job but his palate and all power of enjoying the earlier (and only pleasurable) levels of intoxication...Of course this law has been discovered before, but it will stand re-discovery. It may be stated as follows: every preference of a small good to a great, or partial good to a total good, involves the loss of the small or partial good for which the sacrifice is made...You can’t get second things by putting them first. You get second things only by putting first things first.