It is never the doberman who says to the poodle, â€œI too am a dog.â€The quote captures how insecure people try and convince those around them of what they have while people who are truly secure don’t need to convince you of anything. My dad had credited C.S. Lewis with the quote but I’d never been able to find it. Until recently that is. As I was reading through A Year With C.S. Lewis this month I came across a passage from his book called The Screwtape Letters. While it doesn’t have this wording exactly, the premise is certainly there. Here is how Lewis explains the idea:
No man who says Iâ€™m as good as you believes it. He would not say it if he did. The St Bernard never says it to the toy dog, nor the scholar to the dunce, nor the employable to the bum, nor the pretty woman to the plain. The claim to equality, outside the strictly political field, is made only by those who feel themselves to be in some way inferior.So if you want the longer explanation from Lewis, there it is. If you want the shorter, easy-to-remember version, my dad’s is pretty good.
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