R. H. Tawney said that the Englishmen wear blinkers. Because they wear blinkers the Englishmen lack vision. Because they lack vision the Englishmen are very strong for supervision. And supervision is not a substitute for vision. A few Englishmen got rid of their blinkers. Among the Englishmen who got rid of their blinkers one can name: William Cobbett, John Ruskin, William Morris, Arthur Penty, Hilaire Belloc, G. K. Chesterton, Eric Gill. The best of all is Eric Gill.
(This is one of Peter Maurin's Easy Essay printed in the New York Catholic Worker. Maurin, along with Dorothy Day, created the Catholic Worker movement.)
“The Christian ideal
has not been tried
and found wanting.
It has been found difficult
and left untried.”
Christianity has not been tried
because people thought
it was impractical.
And men have tried everything
that men have tried
(Peter Maurin, along with Dorothy Day, created the Catholic Worker movement. Maurin, originally from France, wrote "Easy Essays" summarizing his beliefs and those of other thinkers and writers and philosophers.)
"And a few encounters with living legends didn't hurt: I studied at the University of Oxford, and the English syllabus stopped at 1832, because there were two gentlemen named Tolkien and C.S. Lewis who had resisted taking it any further — they were both teaching there and we went to their lectures. So we encountered, thanks to those two, things like Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and above all, Shakespeare. A friend of mine once said, 'They taught us to believe in dragons.'" - The Lost Land of Susan Cooper
Susan Cooper is an award-winning writer of young adult and fantasy fiction, including the The Dark is Rising sequence. She also co-wrote the play Foxfire.