Chesterton, mucho más que el Padre Brown
Posted by AMDG en 15/agosto/2008
He leído algunas de las historietas policíacas del Padre Brown, un detective que usa el sentido común para resolver tramas criminales de forma sorprendente. Ya se sabe que el sentido común es el menos común de los sentidos.
Pero he descubierto que Chesterton es mucho más que un escritor de entretenimiento. The Anchoress está trufando sus artículos con pensamientos suyos que me han dejado con la boca abierta por su actualidad, aunque fueron escritos hace casi cien años. Por ejemplo:
“A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.” – G. K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man
“Men are ruled, at this minute by the clock, by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern.” – G. K. Chesterton, The New Name, Utopia of Usurers and Other Essays
It was because Islam was broad that Moslems [sic] were narrow. And because it was not a hard religion it was a heavy rule. Because it was without a self-correcting complexity, it allowed of those simple and masculine but mostly rather dangerous appetites that show themselves in a chieftain or a lord…the great Saladin was in his tent, and he must be obeyed unless he were assassinated. Those who complain of our creeds as elaborate often forget that the elaborate Western creeds have produced the elaborate Western constitutions; and that they are elaborate because they are emancipated.” (G. K. Chesterton “The Fall of Chivalry” The New Jerusalem) – [emphasis mine – admin]
Moderns have not the moral courage, as a rule, to avow the sincere spiritual bias behind their fads; they become insincere even about their sincerity. G.K. Chesterton, Illustrated London News 12/27/19
“Men invent new ideals because they dare not attempt old ideals. They look forward with enthusiasm, because they are afraid to look back.” – G. K. Chesterton, What’s Wrong With The World
“Anyone who is not an anarchist agrees with having a policeman at the corner of the street; but the danger at present is that of finding the policeman half-way down the chimney or even under the bed.” – G. K. Chesterton, What I Saw In America, 1922
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