To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.
Chesterton self-portrait based on the Distributist slogan “Three acres and a cow.”
I’ve had an interest in Chesterton for quite a few years now and have really enjoyed reading his philosophy. I’m no expert, but know that I find myself in congruence with many of his thoughts. His famous and odd novel, The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare was my first real introduction beyond reading some of his more famous quotes and I suggest it for anyone as an interesting story. It is a story of anarchists, detective work, poets, and Edwardian politics; what more do you need? I certainly don’t agree with many of his tenets but he is a gem of a thinker for sure.
A bit of perspective on this Philosophical Friday morning. One of my favorite quotes from Socrates (Σωκράτης). Our experiences are more shared than unique.
“The unexamined life is not worth living.”Socrates
“The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.”