A Little Chesterton

A couple quotes from G.K. Chesterton.  His words speak so clearly to the issues of today, it is hard to believe he was born in 1874.  (Thanks to Shannon and Nami for sending the quotes!)

“Tolerance is a virtue of a man without conviction.  Conviction is the state of being convinced.  If there is no truth that is ‘more true’ than any other ‘truth,’ then there is no truth worth defending.  If there is no truth worth defending, there is no room for conviction.”

And . . .

“Every one of the popular modern phrases and ideals is a dodge in order to shirk the problem of what is good.  We are fond of talking about ‘liberty;’ that, as we talk of it, is a dodge to avoid discussing what is good.  We are fond of talking about ‘progress;’ that is a dodge to avoid discussing what is good.  We are fond of talking about ‘education;’ that is a dodge to avoid discussing what is good.  The modern man says, ‘Let us leave all these arbitrary standards and embrace liberty.’ This is, logically rendered, ‘Let us not decide what is good, but let it be considered good not to decide it.’  He says, ‘Away with our old moral formulae; I am for progress.’  This, logically stated, means, ‘Let us not settle what is good; but let us settle whether we are getting more of it.’  He says, ‘Neither in religion nor morality, my friend, lie the hopes of the race, but in education.’  This, clearly expressed, means, ‘We cannot decide what is good, but let us give it to our children.'”

If you have others, please feel free to share.

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