I have been reading G.K.Chesterton’s Orthodoxy 🤯I must confess that I do not understand everything I read, because Chesterton was a genius and I am not. The funny thing is as I dig into these great thinkers, I discover that (1) I am ignorant (2) I do not search for truth like I think I do and (3) the way I usually think and speak are not the way Truth thinks and speaks.
Still as convicted and humbled as I am by my own shortcomings, when I read Chesterton, Kierkegaard, Simone Weil, Thomas Merton and Wendell Berry I have discovered that as I read…something in me is nourished, encouraged and inspired, and I want to read more. Even more than that, in reading these men and women I have lost the desire for junk information, junk entertainment and to mindlessly consume social media. This experience has been similar to how my body changed when I started eating foods that are good, right and true. Interestingly enough, I don’t deny myself junk- I just don’t want it.
More than ever, I encourage you to turn off the TV, the phone and the computer and read hard books. Search for the Truth. We desperately need men and women who want to be transformed by the Truth not merely informed about the world.
“We have all read in scientific books, and, indeed, in all romances, the story of the man who has forgotten his name. This man walks about the streets and can see and appreciate everything; only he cannot remember who he is. Well, every man is that man in the story. Every man has forgotten who he is. One may understand the cosmos, but never the ego; the self is more distant than any star. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God; but thou shalt not know thyself. We are all under the same mental calamity; we have all forgotten our names. We have all forgotten what we really are. All that we call common sense and rationality and practicality and positivism only means that for certain dead levels of our life we forget that we have forgotten. All that we call spirit and art and ecstasy only means that for one awful instant we remember that we forgot.”G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy