(CCSLQ-30) – Be Weird, Be Random

This is part of a series exploring quotations attributed to C.S. Lewis that are questionable for one reason or another. Presently a new article is posted the first Saturday of each month (or sometimes the second if there are five Saturdays). There is an “at a glance” page HERE to quickly see what has been posted so far in this series. Also, if you haven’t already, be sure to read the INTRODUCTION to this series.   


be-weird

“Be weird. Be random. Be who you are. Because you
never know who would love the person you hide.”

Is there anyone else who is exactly like you? Of course not! Even if you have a twin sibling, that person is different from you in a variety of ways. Sadly, some do not feel like the unique person God created them to be. That’s why I think the above quotation appeals to so many. It encourages them to take the risk to act differently. Beyond the possible meaning of the expression how do we know C.S. Lewis didn’t write it?

The simple fact is that it is not in any of his published writings. All of this Christian books are available electronically either via Amazon or The C.S. Lewis Collections from Logos. After searching these resources and doing other research on the Internet it can be clearly stated he didn’t pen this statement.

Recently (Nov. 30, 2016) on Facebook in The Official C.S. Lewis Group, someone posted this questionable quotation because it was shared by TobyMac on his FB account (he’s a Christian artist who started out in the group DC Talk, a personal favorite of mine). Some people immediately questioned the legitimacy of the quote, while others (over 80 thousand each liked AND shared it) did not. Why did a few suspect it wasn’t from Lewis? If you have read a lot of his works you are more familiar with his style of writing. While he did write more casually in his letters (that were never intended to be published), he still nearly always avoided stating things over-simplistically.

How did Lewis’ name get attached to it? I’m not sure, but a few places online credit it to unknown. Also, a book by Melanie Young from 2014 entitled Fearless Fabulous You!: Lessons on Living Life on Your Terms says it is not known.

WHAT LEWIS SAID THAT’S RELATED (or closest to it):

“But I do think we are influenced by [Shakespeare] (though the phonetic history is complicated) whenever we use weird as an adjective.”
from The Literary Impact of the Authorised Version (in Selected Literary Essays)

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“There is something weird and desolate about the perfectly round orange coloured sun dropping down clear against a slatey grey sky seen through bare trees that pleases me better than all those cloud-cities and mountains that we used to see in summer over the Lough in the old days when the crows were going home. There never seem to be such sunsets latterly, do there?”
from The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume 1 (to his father, Albert Lewis on November 19, 1915)

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“You are probably quite right in thinking that you will never see a miracle done: you are probably equally right in thinking that there was a natural explanation of anything in your past life which seemed, at the first glance, to be ‘rum’ or ‘odd’. God does not shake miracles into Nature at random as if from a pepper-caster.”
from Miracles (Chapter 17) 

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“You are probably quite right in thinking that you will never see a miracle done: you are probably equally right in thinking that there was a natural explanation of anything in your past life which seemed, at the first glance, to be ‘rum’ or ‘odd’. God does not shake miracles into Nature at random as if from a pepper-caster.”
from Miracles (Chapter 17) 


The next article is:

“My prayer is that when I die, all of hell rejoices that I am out of the fight.”


Related Articles:

What Lewis NEVER Wrote  (Podcast)

Not Quite Lewis – Podcast Version

Not Quite Lewis – Questionable Lewisian Quotations (Conf. Paper)

Updated 1/7/2017

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