FACT CHECK: Did CS Lewis Write, ‘Be Sure That The Patient Remains Completely Fixated On Politics’?

FACT CHECK: Did CS Lewis Write, ‘Be Sure That The Patient Remains Completely Fixated On Politics’?


An image shared on Facebook claims author C.S. Lewis in “The Screwtape Letters” wrote, “Be sure that the patient remains completely fixated on politics.”

Verdict: False

The quote does not appear in “The Screwtape Letters” or any of his other writings. Lewis experts debunked the attribution.

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Fact Check:

The post alleges that the quote originates from “The Screwtape Letters,” an epistolary novel that examines theological concepts through letters exchanged between the demon Screwtape and his nephew Wormwood. Lewis published that novel in 1942.

Here is the full quote, purportedly from Screwtape to Wormwood, that the post claims Lewis wrote:

Be sure that the patient remains completely fixated on politics. Arguments, political gossip, and obsessing on the faults of people they have never met serves as an excellent distraction from advancing in personal virtue, character, and the things the patient can control. Make sure to keep the patient in a constant state of angst, frustration, and general disdain towards the rest of the human race in order to avoid any kind of charity or inner peace from further developing. Ensure the patient continues to believe that the problem is ‘out there’ in the ‘broken system’ rather than

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