It's a bit wooden like, but nonetheless an interesting back and forward.
Are all myths fiction and beautiful lies, fairy tales?
Some interesting points Tolkien makes to Lewis are:
- We've accepted that all myths are lies, because we've been duped into accepting the lie of Materialism
- Materialism, that there is no supernatural order, we're in a world of mere matter, physical facts devoid from metaphysical truth.
- They're the ones who have come up with a false myth, their world doesn't exist, it's a figment of their imagination.
- Fine, but a problem is they've convinced us that only their myth is true: three dimensions, five senses, four walls.
- The four walls of Materialism, are the four walls of a prison. And the Materialists are our jailers.
- They've put us in a prison with four walls, they don't want us to see what's beyond those four walls. Don't want us to discover what's outside their narrow philosophy.
- Worse than that, they think any attempt to escape from the prison is an act of treason!
- How can it be wrong for a prisoner to think of things that exist, other than walls and jailers. Doesn't the fact that we can think of things outside the walls, suggest perhaps that things do actually exist outside those walls? After all, if the prison really is all that there is, then how is it that we can picture things that exist beyond the prison? This is where myths come in. Myths exist outside the prison. Myths allow us to escape from the prison, or if we're not able to escape at the very least they allow us to catch a fleeting but powerful glimpse of the beauty that lies beyond the walls.
There's more to the exchange...