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G.K. to the Rescue

January 17, 2006

Sometimes when I am feeling downcast at the events of the world, I’ll go read a little bit of the indefatigable G.K. Chesterton.

"The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected."

"Modern man is staggering and losing his balance because he is being
pelted with little pieces of alleged fact which are native to the newspapers; and, if they turn out not to be facts, that is still more native to  newspapers."

"Men are ruled, at this minute by the clock, by liars who refuse them  news, and by fools who cannot govern."

And my new favorite:

"He is a very shallow critic who cannot see an eternal rebel in the heart of a conservative."

I might have to put that one on the masthead.

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  1. Feces Flingler (Timmy C) permalink
    January 17, 2006 2:40 pm

    I agree and share the love of Gilberts writings…

    My personal favs are:

    “And the more I considered Christianity, the more I found that while it had established a rule and order, the chief aim of that order was to give room for good things to run wild.”

    That last line even got Gilbert into a T-Bone Burnett tune.

    And writing in a time where much of what we think of as “modernism” was thriving — materialism, rationalism, scientific reductionism, determanism, etc…. This quote from G.K. makes him sound positively post-modern, and almost like a Quantum Physicst describing the Universe, and decrying these “isms” as fundamentally too simple…

    “The Christian admits that the universe is manifold and even miscellaneous, just as a sane man knows that he is complex. The sane man knows that he has a touch of the beast, a touch of the devil, a touch of the saint, a touch of the citizen.

    Nay, the really sane man knows that he has a touch of the madman.

    But the materialist’s world is quite simple and solid, just as the madman is quite sure he is sane. The materialist is sure that history has been simply and solely a chain of causation, just as the interesting person before mentioned is quite sure that he is simply and solely a chicken. Materialists and madmen never have doubts.

    — Both Quotes are From Orthodoxy

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