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As [Jack] points out in his introduction, this booklet was written more as an answer to [The Marriage of Heaven and Hell], while drawing upon some of his favorite classical literature and its characters (namely the Divine [Comedy]).

This book reflects Lewis's [disdain] for the premise of [dualism], that is, that good and evil are co-real, co-existant, and [equal forces] within the universe. Rather, he believes that the [nature] of "[good]" (and its reality and existence) is [fundamental]ly different from that of "[evil]". According to Lewis, evil is [by nature] a corrupt derivation, a [sham], an ill-conceived, poorly-executed, unoriginal attempt to [mimic] the good in part while rejecting the [whole]; good is the fundamental, [the one true] [axiom], being in its nature the expression of [the nature of God], the creator, the [prime mover]. Thus the [heavenly kingdom]'s incredible density - the visitors from the [netherworld] are themselves but shadows, having lived for so long [amidst] nothing but shadows, and as such they have great trouble abiding or even [comprehend]ing the substance of which all they know are [poor reflections].

"Nothing, not even the noblest, can go on as it it now is. Nothing, not even what is lowest and most [bestial], will not be raised again if it [submits to death]. It is sown a [natural body], it is raised a [spiritual body]. [Flesh and blood] cannot come to the Mountains. Not because they are too [rank], but because they are too weak. What is a Lizard compared with a stallion? [Lust] is a poor, weak, whimpering whispering thing compared with the richness and energy of desire which will arise when lust has been killed." The Great Divorce, p.104-105
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