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The Ethics of Elfland
Page by Page Books ^ | 1908 | GK Chesterton

Posted on 07/30/2014 2:38:23 PM PDT by OneWingedShark

When the business man rebukes the idealism of his office-boy, it is commonly in some such speech as this: "Ah, yes, when one is young, one has these ideals in the abstract and these castles in the air; but in middle age they all break up like clouds, and one comes down to a belief in practical politics, to using the machinery one has and getting on with the world as it is." Thus, at least, venerable and philanthropic old men now in their honoured graves used to talk to me when I was a boy. But since then I have grown up and have discovered that these philanthropic old men were telling lies. What has really happened is exactly the opposite of what they said would happen. They said that I should lose my ideals and begin to believe in the methods of practical politicians. Now, I have not lost my ideals in the least; my faith in fundamentals is exactly what it always was. What I have lost is my old childlike faith in practical politics. I am still as much concerned as ever about the Battle of Armageddon; but I am not so much concerned about the General Election. As a babe I leapt up on my mother's knee at the mere mention of it. No; the vision is always solid and reliable. The vision is always a fact. It is the reality that is often a fraud. As much as I ever did, more than I ever did, I believe in Liberalism. But there was a rosy time of innocence when I believed in Liberals.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Religion; Science
KEYWORDS: chesterton; ethics
It is the reality that is often a fraud.

And I was reminded that reality, at least what we're told is reality, is often a lie.

This video clip, though a fictional story, is a good example of the bluntness of the lies we're constantly being told:

Fear is freedom.
Control is liberty.
Contradiction is truth.
That is the reality of this world!
Listen well, you pigs in human clothing,
and submit to that reality!
Look at the news-cycle, what our political caste pushes, what the law enforcement people say and it shows just this message:
you are worthless, you cannot challenge authority, authority is always right, that you would contemplate defying authority proves you evil, submit worthless pig.
1 posted on 07/30/2014 2:38:23 PM PDT by OneWingedShark
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2 posted on 07/30/2014 2:46:49 PM PDT by Tax-chick (No power in the 'verse can stop me.)
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3 posted on 07/30/2014 2:51:23 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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4 posted on 07/30/2014 3:03:16 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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Chesterton is like finding a basement closet full of old fine wine. Each book and chapter a bottle to be savored.

5 posted on 07/30/2014 3:21:20 PM PDT by KC Burke (Gowdy for Supreme Court)
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