Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Considering Culture

This past Saturday the Daily Times of Pakistan republished Chesterton's essay "French and English" (LINK).
If we are to be international we must be national. And it is largely because those who call themselves the friends of peace have not dwelt sufficiently on this distinction that they do not impress the bulk of any of the nations to which they belong. International peace means a peace between nations, not a peace after the destruction of nations, like the Buddhist peace after the destruction of personality. The golden age of the good European is like the heaven of the Christian: it is a place where people will love each other; not like the heaven of the Hindu, a place where they will be each other.

The essay was published in 1908 in the collection All Things Considered. The 9th edition (1915) of ATC can be found online HERE.

1 comment:

Ariel said...

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