A man’s home is his castle – Chesterton on home ownership

I’m not posting this quote to defend the over-subsidization of housing. I merely point out that hanging out in bars, drinking to excess, cheating on your spouse, and/or acting as if you are “free” is only more evidence that you are enslaved by your desires – not liberated by your autonomy.

Of all modern notions, the worst is this: that domesticity is dull. Inside the home, they say, is dead decorum and routine; outside is adventure and variety. But the truth is that the home is the only place of liberty, the only spot on earth where a man can alter arrangements suddenly, make an experiment or indulge in a whim. The home is not the one tame place in a world of adventure; it is the one wild place in a world of rules and set tasks.

G.K. Chesterton

I’m going to stop blogging and have a glass of wine with my wife.

G.K. Chesterton on America (again)

The historic glory of America lies in the fact that it is the one nation that was founded like a church. That is, it was founded on a faith that was not merely summed up after it had existed, but was defined before it existed.
– G. K. Chesterton

I leave it to you draw your own conclusions about the difference between a nation founded on a faith, rather than a race, or geography, or what not. As Reagan said, “You can live in Japan for decades, but never become Japanese. … Anyone can become an American.”

Take some time to contemplate the implications…

G.K Chesterton on Sarah Palin’s notes

There is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject; the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person.
G. K. Chesterton, Heretics (1905)

How uninterested do you have to be to not know in your heart the “1st 3 things you would do as President” with out checking your notes for back up.

Chesterton explains why Tyrannies must destroy the family

Thence arises the necessity for some prolonged system of co-operation; and thence arises the family in its full educational sense.

It may be said that this institution of the home is the one anarchist institution.That is to say, it is older than law, and stands outside the State. By its nature it is refreshed or corrupted by indefinable forces of custom or kinship. This is not to be understood as meaning that the State has no authority over families; that State authority is invoked and ought to be invoked in many abnormal cases. But in most normal cases of family joys and sorrows, the State has no mode of entry. It is not so much that the law should not interfere, as that the law cannot. Just as there are fields too far off for law, so there are fields too near; as a man may see the North Pole before he sees his own backbone. Small and near matters escape control at least as much as vast and remote ones; and the real pains and pleasures of the family form a strong instance of this. If a baby cries for the moon, the policeman cannot procure the moon—but neither can he stop the baby. Creatures so close to each other as husband and wife, or a mother and children, have powers of making each other happy or miserable with which no public coercion can deal. If a marriage could be dissolved every morning it would not give back his night’s rest to a man kept awake by a curtain lecture; and what is the good of giving a man a lot of power where he only wants a little peace? The child must depend on the most imperfect mother; the mother may be devoted to the most unworthy children; in such relations legal revenges are vain. Even in the abnormal cases where the law may operate, this difficulty is constantly found; as many a bewildered magistrate knows. He has to save children from starvation by taking away their breadwinner. And he often has to break a wife’s heart because her husband has already broken her head. The State has no tool delicate enough to deracinate the rooted habits and tangled affections of the family; the two sexes, whether happy or unhappy, are glued together too tightly for us to get the blade of a legal penknife in between them. The man and the woman are one flesh—yes, even when they are not one spirit. Man is a quadruped. Upon this ancient and anarchic intimacy, types of government have little or no effect; it is happy or unhappy, by its own sexual wholesomeness and genial habit, under the republic of Switzerland or the despotism of Siam. Even a republic in Siam would not have done much towards freeing the Siamese Twins.

When you consider how important the functioning family is to culture, you can see how the state benefits from undermining the “family” as a unit. Hence the need to create as many “abnormal” situations as possible.

Chesterton on “Going with the Flow”

“A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.” – G.K. Chesterton, Everlasting Man, 1925

This goes along with my favorite U2 lyric…

I heard a singer on the radio late last night,
said he’d going to kick the darkness till it bleeds daylight.”

This one fits

I can’t find much to disagree with here.

I believe in getting into hot water; it keeps you clean.
G. K. Chesterton (1874 – 1936)

G.K. Chesterton on Conservatism

If you ever needed a reminder that you actually have to be active in your “conserving” what is good, the quote below will be helpful.

All conservatism is based upon the idea that if you leave things alone you leave them as they are. But you do not. If you leave a thing alone you leave it to a torrent of change. G.K. Chesterton

As clearly demonstrated by the current headlines, our ideals are under attack by this “torrent of change.” It will require hard work, and “non-conservative” methods to conserve what is good about our society.

Merry Christmas, Everybody!

I thought I would combine my Christmas message with my G.K. Chesterton quote of the day. I wish each and everyone of you a Merry Christmas, a happy new year, and a better tomorrow.

“The great majority of people will go on observing forms that cannot be explained; they will keep Christmas Day with Christmas gifts and Christmas benedictions; they will continue to do it; and some day suddenly wake up and discover why.”

– G.K. Chesterton

Yes, they're real!

Yes, they're real!

G.K Chesterton explains why men start more businesses…

…But women entrepreneurs have a lower failure rate>

“Women are the only realists; their whole object in life is to pit their realism against the extravagant, excessive, and occasionally drunken idealism of men.” – A Handful of Authors

I’ve tried to find definitive links as to start up rates and failure rates, but lack the time to post such a definitive link at this time. Here is a link that highlights some differences between men and women as entrepreneurs.

G.K Chesterton on today’s Bureaucracy

If you think about it long enough, you start to see the clearly the direct line from our inability to keep the 10 commandments and 10 Amendments to the small minded, politically correct-idiots who populate the entire bureaucratic class of America. Individually, they are just “doing their job.” Collectively, they are making America unlivable.

“When you break the big laws, you do not get freedom; you do not even get anarchy. You get the small laws.” – Daily News, 7/29/05

And with the “small laws,” you get the corruption that comes with the protected class that knows how to game them.