"We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased."-Lewis
It is obvious that Lewis was profoundly affected by this notion that he claimed to be "surprised by Joy", this affects all areas of our lives perhaps more then we realize. The irony of this quote is that drink , sex, and ambition are all greatly influence by our experience of this Joy of which He speaks. The religious mind looks at these things and wants to be rid of them and chalks it up to some kind of worldly desires that surely "holy people" would not desire. However what he realized was something that goes much deeper. Only when we experience the true sense of Joy is when all of the above can truly be enjoyed, otherwise on their own it is "chasing the wind"...that is all I can get out tonight as I am most tired...nonetheless this idea of Joy has me perplexed to a degree and yet infinitely grateful for the grace to accept the pleasures of this life.