“If we insist on keeping Hell (or even Earth), we shall not see Heaven: if we accept Heaven we shall not be able to retain even the smallest and most intimate souvenirs of Hell.  I believe, to be sure, that any man who reaches Heaven will find that what he abandoned . . . has not been lost and that the kernel of what he was REALLY SEEKING even in his most depraved wishes will be there, beyond expectation, waiting for him . . . Earth, I think, will not be found by anyone to be in the end a very distinct place.  I think Earth if chosen, instead of Heaven, will turn out to have been, all along, only a region in Hell; and Earth, if put second to Heaven, to have been from the beginning a part of Heaven itself.”

C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce

 

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