“When the great moment came and the Beasts spoke, he missed the whole point; for a rather interesting reason. When the Lion first began singing, long ago whenit was still dark
, he had realized that the noise was a song. And he disliked the song very much. It made him think and feel things he did not want to think and feel. Then when the sun rose and he saw that the singer was a lion (“only a lion,”as he said to himself)
he tried his hardest to make believe that it wasn’t singing and never had been singing – only roaring as any lion might in a zoo in our world.”Of course it can’t really be singing,”
he thought, “I must have imagined it. I’ve been letting my nerves get out of order. Who ever
heard of a lion singing?’ And the longer and more beautifully the Lion sang, the harder
Uncle Andrew tried to make himself believe that he could hear nothing but roaring.
Now the trouble about trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very
Quoted from The magician’s Nephew by C.S.Lewis
In this quote above, from the first book in the Narnia series by C. S. Lewis, the author is describing the magician, Uncle Andrew. Uncle Andrew is the self-proclaimed greatest magician in our world. He believes that he alone can and will find the answers to all the questions of the universe. He dabbles in the magic arts and slowly develops a small amount of skill that pulls himself, his nephew Digory and Digory’s friend, Polly, into a world that is pure magic. He starts witnessing the beginning of a whole new world where animals speak and the King is a great Lion. But when faced with real true magic that comes from the dawn of time and beyond he closes his mind to the very thing he believes he is the greatest in. He begins to tell himself that what he is witnessing isn’t real. He talks himself out of believing. He talks himself into being stupid. Most people at one time or another have found themselves in the same situation as Uncle Andrew. They have great expectations of themselves at the start. They believe that they know all and can do all. But when reality hits them in the face, they start to talk themselves out of believing.. The world is full of those people who talk themselves into being stupid. They give up on becoming what they want to be because they are afraid it is too hard. They miss the point. To succeed in this world we must sometimes open our minds to the extraordinary. We must overcome our fears and stand up to our doubts and just believe. Think of the possibilities that Uncle Andrew would have had if he had just believed that the Great Lion was really singing that world into existence. He would have been exposed to the greatest magic in existence! He could have become a follower of the Lion and perhaps learned true magic. But instead he decides that what he is seeing and hearing wasn’t real. He loses the greatest opportunity that he could possibly have. In fact, in a later passage of the same book, Polly asked the Lion if He could help Uncle Andrew out. But because Uncle Andrew has talked himself into not believing so deeply, even the great Lion could not help him. Because of his fear, Uncle Andrew has completely taken away his chance for something good.
From the young teen, who learns a math problem in a text but fails that same problem on a test, to the up and coming entrepreneur who sees a vision of great wealth and knowledge within his reach and then sees the obstacles he must face and starts telling himself that it’s too hard or not worth the effort, these are the “Uncle Andrews” of our world. Just like Uncle Andrew, they miss the point. They lose their vision and start telling themselves to be stupid. The world is full of people who fall into this category. But they don’t have to be this way. If they drop the doubts and just start believing it can be done, then their world will open to the greatest opportunities that can be imagined. If they allow themselves the chance to just believe and to not allow self doubt to take over, then they will succeed beyond their fondness dreams.
In the Book of Proverbs there is a verse that says, “What the wicked dreads will overtake him; what the righteous desire will be granted.” Remember when you fear things then the things you fear will control you but if you are focused and are working diligently then your desires will be fulfilled.