C.S. Lewis: “There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. It is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, exploit.” Shortly after reading that quote on my wife’s blog, I popped the movie musical Man of La Mancha into the DVD player and discovered a cinematic illustration of that quote. Okay, maybe not exactly, but I was struck by the fact that Don Quixote saw each person as much greater than they actually were. He had supposedly slipped the bonds of sanity, but perhaps he actually saw the world more clearly than those around him? I highly recommend the movie.
I was reminded of it again last night as I listened to Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” — which serves as yet another reminder that the men and women around us — beings created in the image of God — have more to them than meets the eye.