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Intern Reading Group: The Inner Ring

Rayburn House Office Building Courtyard

"I believe that in all men's lives at certain periods, and in many men's lives at all periods between infancy and extreme old age, one of the most dominant elements is the desire to be inside the local Ring and the terror of being left outside." The Inner Ring by C.S. Lewis


Have you ever found yourself yearning to be part of “them” or “that gang,” an exclusive group whose members are “in” and all “outsiders” are desperate to be included among their ranks? British novelist and academic C.S. Lewis described this as the quest for admission into the “Inner Ring.” Highlighting a passage from Leo Tolstoy’s timeless masterpiece, War and Peace, Lewis argued that endeavoring to become a part of some “inner ring” ultimately leaves one alone and devoid of greater meaning in life. Instead, Lewis urged his reader to strive to become “one of the sound craftsmen” adept at their profession and was recognized as such by fellow “sound craftsmen.”

    The Intern Reading Group will meet to discuss The Inner Ring, a lecture by C.S. Lewis, and how it sheds light on cronyism and the lure of political power.

    A boxed lunch will be provided, but please bring your own beverage (and a mask for once you are done with your meal).

    To ensure that we can conduct group meetings safely, we kindly request that you RSVP for each session.

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