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Getting off the wrong road

We all want progress. But progress means getting nearer to the place where you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turning, then to go forward does not get you any nearer. If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man. We have all seen this when doing arithmetic. When I have started a sum the wrong way, the sooner I admit this and go back and start again, the faster I shall get on. There is nothing progressive about being pig-headed and refusing to admit a mistake. And I think if you look at the present state of the world, it is pretty plain that humanity has been making some big mistakes. We are on the wrong road. And if that is so, we must go back. Going back is the quickest way on.

—C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

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I felt so jilted when I learned Lewis was dead.

I just want to thank him.

AND, thank you for posting. It's an encouraging / hard truth.
Good stuff!

or

or we could go off road, kind of sideways, in the vague general direction toward where we assume the road which we meant to take now is related to our current position.

this sometimes works with the arithmetic thing, sort of (ok, actually, not really, unless you are a freaking genius like Andrew Wiles)