Archive for November 11, 2007

Reading G.K. Chesterton into Kazakh history

In Heretics, G.K. Chesterton wrote: “The more indefensible a thing is, the more it should appeal to us for a certain kind of defense.”  Another way to put that according to an editorial in the Gilbert Magazine: Outlining Sanity, Dec. 2003, p. 5 would be:  “The paradox of charity or chivalry is that the weaker a thing is, the more it should be respected.”  I think this applies to not only unborn babies but also to older people, such as pensioners who are feeble or infirm.  Maybe that is why I am so interested in what happened to Ukrainians and Kazakhs back in Stalin’s collectivization period of the 1930s.  They were not able to defend themselves against the aggressive abuses of communism and now history, as it is being currently written, is loathe to remember them.   

Chesterton wrote: “The most neglected history is recent history.”  So true, so true.  He also wrote in the Introduction to A Child’s History of England: “I have often wondered how the scientific Marxians and the believers in the “materialist view of history” will ever manage to teach their dreary economic generalizations to children: but I suppose they will have no children.”  

Professor Dale Ahlquist from Chesterton University wrote the following in an article about the Superstition of Divorce and Ahlquist quoted Chesterton:  “The obvious effect of frivolous divorce will be frivolous marriage.  If people can be separated for no reason they will feel it all the easier to be united for no reason.”   

“The humility of science is an admirable thing when you can get it.”  G.K.Chesterton 

“On the Difference Between Up and Down” written in an essay by James V. Schall, S.J. he wrote the following: “Chesterton recalls that he met “a sort of Theosophist” who said to Chesterton one day, “Good and evil, truth and falsehood, folly and wisdom are only aspects of the same upward movement of the universe.”  This sort of vapid sentence is enough to drive anyone, especially Chesterton, raving mad.  But rather he wittily inquired of the man:  “Supposing there is no difference between good and bad, or between false and true, what is the difference between up and down?” 

G.K. Chesterton was way ahead of his time when he distilled this brilliant truth about today’s multiculturalism: “These are the days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed except his own.”  

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