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26 December 2014 @ 05:59 am
What's wrong with the world  
In which the nonstandard mind of Scott Alexander ponders the nonstandard mind of G.K. Chesterton.
At its worst, I worry Chesterton has actually lost, through atrophy, the ability to think in a straight line. Like, there must be at least one thing which is approximately the way it appears, and I’m not convinced Chesterton will be able to notice it. Ask him whether we should drown puppies, and he will come up with an extremely convincing argument that we should drown puppies precisely because we abhor cruelty to animals.
amaebi: Black foxamaebi on December 26th, 2014 12:05 pm (UTC)
Oh, I like that, and it's so apt.
Fighting Crime with a Giant Dandelion Since 2013: Libellula juliapameladean on December 26th, 2014 08:28 pm (UTC)
That was a fascinating article. I read a good deal of Chesterton at one time, and went through similar mental gyrations. Chesterton himself has an essay that describes my reaction to Chesterton; it's in Alarms and Excursions. He's talking about Milton, but the way he feels about one (to him heretical and even despicable) passage in Milton is pretty much how I feel about much of Chesterton.