Nobody Ultimately Likes Duty. Good.

C. S. Lewis: “A perfect man would never act from a sense of duty.  He’d always want to do the right thing more than the wrong one.  Duty is only a substitute for love of God or of other people.  Like a crutch which is a substitute for a leg.  Most of us need the crutch at times, but of course it’s idiotic to use the crutch if our own legs – our own tastes and loves and habits – can do the journey on their own.”

Tyndale: “morality or duty never yet made a man happy in himself or dear to others.  It’s shocking but it is undeniable.  We do not wish either to be or to live among people who are clean or honest or kind as a matter of duty.  We want to be or associate with people who like being clean and honest and kind.  The mere suspicion that what seemed an act of spontaneous friendliness or generosity was really done as a duty subtly poisons it…Morality is healthy only when it is trying to abolish itself.”


Here’s John Piper’s reflection on these:

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