So now you’ll have a couch to jump on while you listen to Great Big Sea. What more could anyone need, eh?
“Most modern freedom is at root fear. It is not so much that we are too bold to endure rules; it is rather that we are too timid to endure responsibilities.” GKC
We had to become—at least partially—an answer to our own prayer. It was terrifying, exhausting, and maddening.
What if we order our lives around rhythms and practices and habits that foster depth and make us more human?
“[W]e begin to praise writers themselves for their oddity, not for their wisdom, universality, or even art.”
“When mind predominates…then the individual is ‘liberated’; all his or her wants and wishes are made equal to any other wants and wishes and assume the status of legitimate values or goals. The usefulness of this state of affairs to an economy based on consumption is obvious.”
But a more noticeable and fuller joy is returning, and it is unexpected and delightful.
“Call a thing immoral or ugly, soul-destroying or a degradation of man, a peril to the peace of the world or to the wellbeing of future generations; as long as you have not shown it to be ‘uneconomic,’ you have not really questioned its right to exist, grow, and prosper.”
“Still we lived; and since we were writers, we tried to write. True, from time to time one of us dropped out, shipped off to a concentration camp or shot. There was no help for this. We were like people marooned on a dissolving floe of ice; we dared not think of the moment when it would melt away.”
“Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about. All democrats object to men being disqualified by the accident of birth; tradition objects to their being disqualified by the accident of death.” G. K. Chesterton