One of the things I like to do is to search at random online for mentions of G.K Chesterton.
In a number of search engines like Google, Yahoo and Technorati, he shows up frequently – sometimes as officials sites dedicated to him or mentioning him, mostly as cited quotations.
But sometimes people write more in depth about him, quoting him at length, discussing his ideas, citing books of his they are reading (Orthodoxy seems to be showing up quite a bit lately).
I recently came across this entry by Stephanie in her MySpace blog:
G. K. Chesterton is one of my most favorite authors. It takes patience to read Chesterton because he writes in this long-winded Britishy speak and can drown you in minute details. But, in one of his books, he argues that the nature of the human is closer to the nature of God than to the nature of the animal. Chesterton doesn't base his theory on intelligence. He bases it on the fact that we humans have IMAGINATION. We express ourselves through poetry, stories, artwork, dance, song, and the like.
I think that's beautiful and true.
You can teach a dog to roll over, a parrot to speak, and marvel over the intelligence of the worker ant, but when is the last time a cat painted the Sistine Chapel? So, I say, the more CREATIVE I am the closer I am to God. Ahhh! That makes me even happier to be an artist!
Nice. I chuckled at the mention that he writes in “long-winded Britishy speak.” But her point about imagination is a good one.
A lot of young people are discovering Chesterton. That gives me hope for them – and the future.
In the Catholic world, there is even a youth-oriented Chesterton blog just begun on June 19 – Chesterteens.
Created by Ria, gilbertgirl and Margaret, they describe it as “an unofficial society for teenage Chesterton fanatics.”
In her first entry, Ria wrote, “I hope that I will soon be joined by other Chesterton loving teens This is going to be fun!!!!!”
I certainly hope so. Chesterton can be a lot of fun - even in a "long-winded Britshy speak" way.
Check them out and encourage them. So many blogs start out with grand ideas, then fade as reality (and life) intrude. I hope this is one that will succeed.