He had entered the story. He had accepted the values. Like Beowulf, he would be loyal and go to his death in battle. He was a romantic at heart; and Kirk’s materialism could never provide him a philosophy to live by.Becoming C.S. Lewis p. 259
Indeed, how can one, with integrity, live by materialism? One can’t hold to any other ideal for there is none but chance: no purpose, no meaning, no consistent ethic can raise its hand and say, “This I know.” No sword can administer true justice because there is no such thing. My actions can’t offend chance.
But if the stories are true . . . .