Skip to main content

"Make Facts Wonders”

> An unsettling image says Chesterton, is the whole
> purpose of the imagination: “The function of
> imagination is not to make strange things settled,
> so much as to make settled things strange; not so
> much to make wonders facts as to make facts
> wonders.”
> The wonder begins with existence itself. Existence,
> he says, “has a value wholly inexpressible”. But
> the artist tries to express it. That is the duty of
> the artist: to express the inexpressible.
> Chesterton tries to get us to feel what he calls
> “the intoxication of existence” and the invaluable,
> incomparable gift of life. In a prophetic poem he
> wrote over a hundred years ago, a poem entitled “By
> the Babe Unborn”, he portrays a baby, lying in the
> dark womb, trying to imagine a world of blue skies
> and green grassy hills, which to him in the darkness
> is just a dream. But if he could actually attain
> it, and see such a world and live in it, his
> gratitude would be unending.
> They should not hear a word from me
> Of selfishness or scorn,
> If only I could find the door,
> If only I were born.
> Consequently, babies remind us to be in awe of the
> world. We should never stop being in awe of babies.
> As Chesterton says, each time a baby is born, it is
> as if a whole new world has been created, because
> the world is being seen for the first time by a new
> soul as if it were the first day of creation; inside
> that little head, there is a new system of stars,
> new grass, new cities, a new sea.
> A literary man who cannot see that a baby is
> marvelous could not see that anything was marvelous.
> He has certainly no earthly logical reason for
> regarding a movie vamp as marvelous. The movie vamp
> is only what happens to the baby when it goes wrong.
> We don’t recognize that babies are marvelous because
> we refuse to see basic, obvious things. Chesterton
> says that it is only the obvious things that are
> never seen, the things that we have been seeing all
> along without seeing them. And one of those obvious
> things is the strangely elusive thing called
> happiness. All the true things about happiness have
> been said and are always being said, and yet we have
> managed to ignore them.
> It is another example of us not knowing how to enjoy
> enjoyment. We put so much emphasis on the pursuit
> of happiness rather than on the happiness itself.
> All the things that we need to make us reasonably
> happy lie within our grasp. If we pause in our
> frantic pursuit of happiness, if we stop and try to
> picture happiness, it is something different from
> the fuss and frustration that fills our pursuit.
> Happiness is something simple and basic. And
> everyone knows this, if they would only stop and
> consider it. It is common sense.
> _________________________________
> Are you receiving this newsletter
> from a colleague? If you want your
> own FREE subscription,
> Click here to SUBSCRIBE:
> To UNSUBSCRIBE, just click here:
> and
> you'll be automatically removed.


Popular posts from this blog

"Exorcist Fr. Ripperger is asking everyone to say this Prayer until the Election is Resolved"

A good friend of the Catholic Monitor got this from a group message. She said "exorcist Fr. Chad Ripperger is asking everyone to say this prayer until the election is resolved": Prayer of Command In His Name and by the power of His Cross and Blood, I ask Jesus to bind any evil spirits, forces and powers of the earth, air, fire, or water, of the netherworld and the satanic forces of nature.  By the power of the Holy Spirit and by His authority, I ask Jesus Christ to break any curses, hexes, or spells and send them back to where they came from, if it be His Holy Will.  I beseech Thee Lord Jesus to protect us by pouring Thy Precious Blood on us (my family, etc.), which Thou hast shed for us and I ask Thee to command that any departing spirits leave quietly, without disturbance, and go straight to Thy Cross to dispose of as Thou sees fit.  I ask Thee to bind any demonic interaction, interplay, or communications.  I place N. (Person, place or thing) under the protectio

If Kamala Harris' Father is part White & part Jamaican African and her Mother is Asian-Indian then is she really Black?

  Is Joe Biden's running mate really Black? If Kamala Harris' father is part white and part Jamaican African and her mother is Asian-Indian then is she really Black? tries to figure it out: Kamala Harris, Joe Biden's pick to be the Democratic Party's vice-presidential nominee, is the daughter of an Indian immigrant mother and a Jamaican immigrant father. Her father, as I understand it, has ancestors of both European and African origin. [Welcome new Volokh readers. FYI, I've been working on a book on the American Law of Race, with this forthcoming article the first relevant output. My own opinion is that Ms. Harris should be deemed American, period, but there is no such box on government forms, and if you decline to state your race, someone will decide for you… First things first. There is no multiracial or mixed-race category in American law in any jurisdiction. Nor is there an Indian category. So Harris cannot be legally Indian, nor can she b

Bishops of Colorado gave an apparent Vaxx "Exemption" Letter & Stated: "Vaccination is Not Morally Obligatory and so Must Be Voluntary"

Today, the bishops of Colorado gave an apparent Vaxx " exemption" letter (21_8_Vaccine_Exemption_CCC_Fin...docx(20KB)) and stated that "Vaccination is Not Morally Obligatory and so Must Be Voluntary":  COLORADO CATHOLIC CONFERENCE 1535 Logan Street | Denver, CO 80203-1913 303-894-8808 |   [Date]   To Whom It May Concern, [Name] is a baptized Catholic seeking a religious exemption from an immunization requirement. This letter explains how the Catholic Church’s teachings may lead individual Catholics, including [name], to decline certain vaccines. The Catholic Church teaches that a person may be required to refuse a medical intervention, including a vaccination, if his or her conscience comes to this judgment. While the Catholic Church does not prohibit the use of most vaccines, and generally encourages them to safeguard personal and public health, the following authoritative Church teachings demonstrate the principled religious