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Monday, December 23, 2013

Life among family

by Marcel

"Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone's lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense."
This quote has been attributed to Phil Robertson. Rick Warren seems to have said it earlier, but I haven't found an authoritative source. Anyway, these are two lies that could only have broadly taken hold among people without much family.
The man who lives in a small community lives in a much larger world. He knows much more of the fierce varieties and uncompromising divergences of men. The reason is obvious. In a large community we can choose our companions. In a small community our companions are chosen for us. Thus in all extensive and highly civilized societies groups come into existence founded upon what is called sympathy, and shut out the real world more sharply than the gates of a monastery. There is nothing really narrow about the clan; the thing which is really narrow is the clique. The men of the clan live together because they all wear the same tartan or are all descended from the same sacred cow; but in their souls, by the divine luck of things, there will always be more colours than in any tartan. But the men of the clique live together because they have the same kind of soul, and their narrowness is a narrowness of spiritual coherence and contentment, like that which exists in hell. A big society exists in order to form cliques. A big society is a society for the promotion of narrowness. G.K. Chesterton,Heretics, 1905

Stolen entire from Monday Evening. Phil Robertson might be the Duck Dynasty star in the center of the recent media brouhaha. Might not. I have no idea who Rick Warren is. I've heard of G.K. Chesterton many times. It's only since Marcel has started quoting him that I've actually read anything he wrote. I had no idea Duck Dynasty was such a popular show. Number one in the world or some such. Never seen it.


1 comment:

Marcel said...

Rick Warren is a prominent evangelical preacher, author of The Purpose-Driven Life, which was a big seller some years ago. Phil Robertson is the Duck Dynasty star. I haven't seen the show myself, but his picture is all over Walmart, on merchandise. Chesterton, certainly, was an odd duck himself.