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Every culture ever known has functioned under a system of values. Many varied on precise principles, but most applied the notion of Natural Law. Or, as C.S. Lewis would refer to it from his Abolition of Man, the Tao. In this particular book Lewis discusses the consequences that would follow would man overcome this fundamental value system that has been in place since the growth of logical thought. But paradoxical as his view might seem, he holds this to step outside the Tao would be to plunge into nothingness. To Put It Simply, it is his promise that to ruin, or even fundamentally change, person's fundamental value system would be to ruin man himself. Lewis states late in the publication that, "They are not men at all. Stepping outside the Tao, they've stepped into the void(64)." The vacant "they" that Lewis is speaking to those that would seek to move beyond the Tao. Acceptance from the belief that the Tao is the rational contents of everyman, which Lewis asserts openly in the text, is to say that he has moved beyond all that makes him man. Although the notion of overcoming the Tao leading to nothingness in man is somewhat abstract, Lewis explains it in various terms afterwards. He discusses the qualitative value of matters be stating, "It is not the greatest of contemporary scientists who feel most sure that the thing, stripped of its qualitative properties and reduced to mere quantity, is wholly actual(70)." That is to say that it is the Tao that provides guy his qualitative properties and.