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“You can’t put the clock back.”

June 15th, 2010, Promulgated by b a

On my daily commute this morning (which consists of a 15 min. drive and a 10 min. walk), I was listening to GK Chesteron’s “What’s Wrong With the World”.  Every time I hear Chesterton, I must constantly resist the urge to do a blog post of every sentence.  This time I just couldn’t resist that urge.  His words are just oh so relevant to us today.

The audio:
The text: (second to last paragraph)

We often read nowadays of the valor or audacity with which some rebel attacks a hoary tyranny or an antiquated superstition. There is not really any courage at all in attacking hoary or antiquated things, any more than in offering to fight one’s grandmother. The really courageous man is he who defies tyrannies young as the morning and superstitions fresh as the first flowers. The only true free-thinker is he whose intellect is as much free from the future as from the past. He cares as little for what will be as for what has been; he cares only for what ought to be. And for my present purpose I specially insist on this abstract independence. If I am to discuss what is wrong, one of the first things that are wrong is this: the deep and silent modern assumption that past things have become impossible. There is one metaphor of which the moderns are very fond; they are always saying, “You can’t put the clock back.” The simple and obvious answer is “You can.” A clock, being a piece of human construction, can be restored by the human finger to any figure or hour. In the same way society, being a piece of human construction, can be reconstructed upon any plan that has ever existed.

btw – if you’re into audio, a while back Mike pointed me to a great blog resource that keeps you up to date on free audio resources:  Sonitus Sanctus

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4 Responses to ““You can’t put the clock back.””

  1. Ink says:

    I think you’ll like this, then… Beatification?!

  2. Marcus says:

    Ahhh, I do love old GKC. Those who have further interest in “the Apostle of Common Sense” may be interested in visiting the website of the American Chesterton Society:

  3. Christopher says:

    Ben, thanks for the links….if you like Catholic audio apologetics, check out my friend Phil Vaz’s page…

  4. benanderson says:

    thanks for the links, all. Christopher – that looks to be a treasure. Let the downloading begin.

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