The harder you tried not to think, the more you thought.
C. S. Lewis
True friends don't spend time gazing into each other's eyes. They may show great tenderness towards each other but they face in the same direction - toward common projects, goals - above all, towards a common Lord.
Predestination and freedom were apparently identical. He could no longer see any meaning in the many arguments he had heard on this subject.
He can practise self-examination for an hour without discovering any of those facts about himself which are perfectly clear to anyone who has ever lived in the same house with him or worked in the same office.
Thus Tyrants could practice, in a sense, democracy. But now democracy can do the same work without any tyranny other than her own.
We may be content to remain what we call 'ordinary people': but He is determined to carry out a quite different plan. To shrink back from that plan is not humility; it is laziness and cowardice. To submit to it is not conceit or megalomania; it is obedience.