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I thought I misread the title of the series, but it really was a Catholic program for dog owners hosted by a priest. Lol. He did conclude that dogs do go to heaven based on St. Paul saying that the whole of Creation is groaning and waiting to be redempted and the vision St. John had in Revelation about a new heaven and a new earth. St. Thomas Aquinas is not amused. :3

The freethinker frequently says that Jesus of Nazareth was a man of his time, even if he was in advance of his time; and that we cannot accept his ethics as final for humanity. The freethinker then goes on to criticise his ethics, […] that men cannot turn the other cheek, […] or that the self-denial is too ascetic or the monogamy too severe. But the Zealots and the Legionaries did not turn the other cheek any more than we do, if so much. The Jewish traders and Roman tax-gatherers took thought for the morrow as much as we, if not more. We cannot pretend to be abandoning the morality of the past for one more suited to the present. It is certainly not the morality of another age, but it might be of another world.

G K Chesterton, The Everlasting Man

What I’m fascinated about this year is that I finally am able to read Chesterton as easy and enjoyable as the so-called comic book which was NOT possible 10 yrs ago. I probably understood only 10% of whatever he was saying back then and a migraine. Lol.

Looking back I think, popular culture lacks contemplation or maybe has forgotten the principles of true Art and Beauty which makes Chesterton so challenging to absorb initially since he conveys the mystical and the philosophical through Art and Beauty.

By the very nature of the story the rejoicings in the cavern [in Bethlehem] were rejoicings in a fortress or an outlaw’s den; properly understood it is no unduly flippant to say they were rejoicings in a dug-out. […] It is also that there is in that image a true idea of an outpost, of a piercing through the rock and an entrance into an enemy territory. There is in this buried divinity an idea of undermining the world; of shaking the towers and palaces from below; even as Herod the great king felt that earthquake under him and swayed with his swaying palace.

G K Chesterton,  The Everlasting Man

Unless we understand the presence of that enemy, we shall not only miss the point of Christianity, but even miss the point of Christmas. […] Its unique note is the simultaneous striking of many notes; of humility, of gaiety, of gratitude, of mystical fear, but also of vigilance and of drama. It is not only an occasion for the peacemakers any more than for the merry-makers; […] There is something defiant in it also; something that makes the abrupt bells at midnight sound like the great guns of a battle that has just been won.

G. K. Chesterton,  The Everlasting Man

Reading Chesterton, one would have a sense of a recurring theme: Man’s tendency to oversimplify especially the things he cannot fully comprehend that often leads to false conclusions or worse to madness (for a lunatic is as  simple and complete as a lunar disc). Meanwhile to contemplate what is unexplainable (ie. Paradox) draws him out and into the Mystery of his own existence.

“Greek vices, oriental vices, hints of the old horrors of the Semitic demons began to fill the fancies of decaying Rome, swarming like flies on a dung heap. […] There comes an hour in the afternoon when the child is tired of ‘pretending’; when he is weary of being a robber or a Red Indian. It is then that he torments the cat. There comes a time in the routine of an ordered civilisation when the man is tired at playing at mythology and pretending that a tree is a maiden or that the moon made love to a man. The effect of this staleness is the same everywhere; […] Men seek stranger sins or more startling obscenities as stimulants to their jaded sense. They seek after mad oriental religions for the same reason. They try to stab their nerves to life, if it were with the knives of the priests of Baal. They are walking in their sleep and try to wake themselves up with nightmares.”

GKC on why heathenry no matter how human or rustic can only go so far.

A theory: women in general, are less likely to be “into” Chesterton or philosophy in general bc that great gift called motherhood (ie. raising and nourishing a human being) makes them a philosopher in their own right. They don’t necessarily need Chesterton or any other “intellectual” explain how the world works. They see and experience it in a way that only a mother can.

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