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C.S. Lewis on Wishful Thinking

The two hemispheres of my mind were in the sharpest contrast. On the
one side a many-sided sea of poetry and myth; on the other a glib and
shallow "rationalism." Nearly all that I loved I believed to be
imaginary; nearly all that I believed to be real I thought grim and
meaningless. The exception were certain people (whom I loved and
believed to be real) and nature herself. That is, nature as she
appeared to the senses. I chewed endlessly on the problem: "How can it
be so beautiful and also so cruel, wasteful and futile?"… I was so
far from wishful thinking that I hardly thought anything true unless it
contradicted my wishes.