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Eugenics and other Evils () by Gilbert Keith Chesterton · Sister Projects. Reader; Part 1: The False Theory. Chapter I: What is Eugenics?. Eugenics and Other Evils. G. K. Chesterton, Cassell, London (site Edition). pages in the Inklings Books paperback edition, edited by Michael W. Perry. Eugenics and Other Evils by G. K. Chesterton; 14 editions; First published in ; Subjects: Eugenics, Accessible book.
Daily News 25 February The riddle of life is simply this. For some mad reason in this mad world of ours, the things which men differ about most are exactly the things about which they must be got to agree.
Men can agree on the fact that the earth goes round the sun. But then it does not matter a dump whether the earth goes around the sun or the Pleiades. But men cannot agree about morals: sex, property, individual rights, fixity and contracts, patriotism, suicide, public habits of health — these are exactly the things that men tend to fight about.
And these are exactly the things that must be settled somehow on strict principles. Study each of them, and you will find each of them works back certainly to a philosophy, probably to a religion. The Church has been cruel; but the world has been much more cruel. The Church has plotted; but the world has plotted much more.
The Church has been superstitious; but it has never been so superstitious as the world is when left to itself. The Illustrated London News 7 November Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils ; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable. A man must be orthodox upon most things, or he will never even have time to preach his own heresy. George Bernard Shaw We have passed the age of the demagogue, the man who has little to say and says it loud.
We have come to the age of the mystagogue or don, the man who has nothing to say, but says it softly and impressively in an indistinct whisper. George Bernard Shaw For my friend said that he opened his intellect as the sun opens the fans of a palm tree, opening for opening's sake, opening infinitely for ever.
But I said that I opened my intellect as I opened my mouth, in order to shut it again on something solid. I was doing it at the moment. And as I truly pointed out, it would look uncommonly silly if I went on opening my mouth infinitely, for ever and ever.
Tremendous Trifles Misers get up early in the morning; and burglars, I am informed, get up the night before. Tremendous Trifles The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination.
What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon. The world will never starve for want of wonders; but only for want of wonder. Tremendous Trifles , Ch. Fairy tales , then, are not responsible for producing in children fear , or any of the shapes of fear; fairy tales do not give the child the idea of the evil or the ugly; that is in the child already, because it is in the world already.
Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination.
Exactly what the fairy tale does is this: it accustoms him for a series of clear pictures to the idea that these limitless terrors had a limit, that these shapeless enemies have enemies in the knights of God , that there is something in the universe more mystical than darkness , and stronger than strong fear.
And then ten years went by before I finished the book, and in the meantime I had completely forgotten that the Chesterton quote was mine and not his. The sentiment is his, the phrasing is mine.
Children already know that dragons exist. Fairytales tell children that dragons can be killed. Appeared in Criminal Minds episode Seven Seconds IMDB quote entry Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils ; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable. I swear to you that nothing shall be in my heart or in my head till our swords clash together.
I swear it by the God you have denied, by the Blessed Lady you have blasphemed; I swear it by the seven swords in her heart.
I swear it by the Holy Island where my fathers are, by the honour of my mother, by the secret of my people, and by the chalice of the Blood of God.
It is the one great weakness of journalism as a picture of our modern existence, that it must be a picture made up entirely of exceptions. We announce on flaring posters that a man has fallen off a scaffolding. We do not announce on flaring posters that a man has not fallen off a scaffolding. Yet this latter fact is fundamentally more exciting, as indicating that that moving tower of terror and mystery, a man, is still abroad upon the earth.
That the man has not fallen off a scaffolding is really more sensational; and it is also some thousand times more common. But journalism cannot reasonably be expected thus to insist upon the permanent miracles. Busy editors cannot be expected to put on their posters, "Mr. Wilkinson Still Safe," or "Mr.
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Jones, of Worthing, Not Dead Yet. They cannot describe all the forks that are not stolen, or all the marriages that are not judiciously dissolved.
Hence the complex picture they give of life is of necessity fallacious; they can only represent what is unusual. However democratic they may be, they are only concerned with the minority. The Ball and the Cross, part IV: "A Discussion at Dawn", 2nd paragraph The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people. Illustrated London News 16 July I think that if they gave me leave, Within the world to stand, I would be good through all the day I spent in fairyland.
They should not hear a word from me, Of selfishness or scorn, If only I could find the door, If only I were born. Chesterton Illustrated  Neither reason nor faith will ever die; for men would die if deprived of either. The wildest mystic uses his reason at some stage; if it be only by reasoning against reason. The most incisive sceptic has dogmas of his own; though when he is a very incisive sceptic, he has often forgotten what they are.
Faith and reason are in this sense co-eternal; but as the words are popularly used, as loose labels for particular periods, the one is now almost as remote as the other. What was called the Age of Reason has vanished as completely as what are called the Ages of Faith.
IV, Christianity and Modern Thought Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese. Alarms and Discursions , 'Cheese,' p. Thus, hundreds of people become Socialists, not because they have tried Socialism and found it nice, but because they have tried Individualism and found it particularly nasty. Alarms and Discursions , 'The New House,' pp. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens Chapter III "Pickwick Papers" Either criticism is no good at all a very defensible position or else criticism means saying about an author the very things that would have made him jump out of his boots.
All that the parsons say is unproved. All that the doctors say is disproved. That's the only difference between science and religion there's ever been, or will be. Michael Moon in Manalive There are two ways of dealing with nonsense in this world The academic mind reflects infinity, and is full of light by the simple process of being shallow and standing still. Inglewood in Manalive Among the rich you will never find a really generous man even by accident. They may give their money away, but they will never give themselves away; they are egotistic, secretive, dry as old bones.
To be smart enough to get all that money you must be dull enough to want it. A Miscellany of Men The rich are the scum of the earth in every country.
The Flying Inn I am not fighting a hopeless fight. People who have fought in real fights don't, as a rule. Patrick Dalroy in The Flying Inn , p To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.
A Short History of England All government is an ugly necessity. A Short History of England A change of opinions is almost unknown in an elderly military man. A Utopia of Usurers There is in Islam a paradox which is perhaps a permanent menace. The great creed born in the desert creates a kind of ecstasy out of the very emptiness of its own land, and even, one may say, out of the emptiness of its own theology.
The very dogma that there is only one Mahomet produces an endless procession of Mahomets. When a politician is in opposition he is an expert on the means to some end; and when he is in office he is an expert on the obstacles to it. But as a matter of history it had been attacked. The Crusader would have been quite justified in suspecting the Moslem even if the Moslem had merely been a new stranger; but as a matter of history he was already an old enemy.
The critic of the Crusade talks as if it had sought out some inoffensive tribe or temple in the interior of Thibet, which was never discovered until it was invaded. They seem entirely to forget that long before the Crusaders had dreamed of riding to Jerusalem, the Moslems had almost ridden into Paris.
They seem to forget that if the Crusaders nearly conquered Palestine, it was but a return upon the Moslems who had nearly conquered Europe. The Meaning of The Crusade. Cleveland Press 1 March There are two ways of dealing with nonsense in this world.
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One way is to put nonsense in the right place; as when people put nonsense into nursery rhymes. The other is to put nonsense in the wrong place; as when they put it into educational addresses, psychological criticisms, and complaints against nursery rhymes or other normal amusements of mankind. Child Psychology and Nonsense 15 October I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes.
The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected.
I believe what really happens in history is this: the old man is always wrong; and the young people are always wrong about what is wrong with him. The practical form it takes is this: that, while the old man may stand by some stupid custom, the young man always attacks it with some theory that turns out to be equally stupid.
The man says there is no God ; if he really says it in his heart , he is a certain sort of man so designated in Scripture [i.
But, anyhow, when he has said it, he has said it; and there seems to be no more to be said. The conversation seems likely to languish. The truth is that the atmosphere of excitement, by which the atheist lived, was an atmosphere of thrilled and shuddering theism , and not of atheism at all; it was an atmosphere of defiance and not of denial.
Irreverence is a very servile parasite of reverence; and has starved with its starving lord.
After this first fuss about the merely aesthetic effect of blasphemy , the whole thing vanishes into its own void. If there were not God, there would be no atheists.
Where All Roads Lead ; this is often misquoted as "If there were no God, there would be no atheists. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected.
Even when the revolutionist might himself repent of his revolution, the traditionalist is already defending it as part of his tradition.
Thus we have two great types — the advanced person who rushes us into ruin, and the retrospective person who admires the ruins. He admires them especially by moonlight, not to say moonshine.
Each new blunder of the progressive or prig becomes instantly a legend of immemorial antiquity for the snob. This is called the balance, or mutual check, in our Constitution. Illustrated London News These are the days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed except his own.
Illustrated London News 11 August The full potentialities of human fury cannot be reached until a friend of both parties tactfully intervenes. Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions. Illustrated London News 19 April A puritan is a person who pours righteous indignation into the wrong things. As quoted in an interview in The New York Times 21 November There is something to be said for every error; but, whatever may be said for it, the most important thing to be said about it is that it is erroneous.
The Illustrated London News 25 April The modern world seems to have no notion of preserving different things side by side, of allowing its proper and proportionate place to each, of saving the whole varied heritage of culture.
It has no notion except that of simplifying something by destroying nearly everything. The Dumb Ox The Church never said that wrongs could not or should not be righted; or that commonwealths could not or should not be made happier; or that it was not worth while to help them in secular and material things; or that it is not a good thing if manners become milder, or comforts more common, or cruelties more rare.
But she did say that we must not count on the certainty even of comforts becoming more common or cruelties more rare; as if this were an inevitable social trend towards a sinless humanity; instead of being as it was a mood of man, and perhaps a better mood, possibly to be followed by a worse one.
We must not hate humanity, or despise humanity, or refuse to help humanity; but we must not trust humanity; in the sense of trusting a trend in human nature which cannot turn back to bad things.
For children are innocent and love justice, while most of us are wicked and naturally prefer mercy. The Coloured Lands A man must love a thing very much if he not only practices it without any hope of fame and money, but even practices it without any hope of doing it well.
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Never invoke the gods unless you really want them to appear. It annoys them very much. Collected Works of G. Said of Benito Mussolini while comparing him to Hildebrand i.
Chesterton in The Collected Works of G. Chesterton by Vol. XXI, p. Don Givens, p. Beckmann abd Arthur R. Simon, p. When they have no explanation to offer, they give short dignified replies, disdainful of the ignorance of the multitude. Johnson," The Common Man Art is limitation The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame. Tremendous Trifles Fine weather encourages individualism. When the whole glittering landscape is cut out as clear as a map—indented by the blue sky as by a blue sea, then each one of us wishes to take his own way, to walk by himself along the roads of the world and conquer for himself the cities of the morning.
In the sunlight a man asks for liberty, which is only the divine name for loneliness. But it is in black and bleak conditions that we learn that it is not well for man to be alone; and festivity was discovered in the darkness.
Winter encourages that thing called comradeship which modern humanitarians so often seem unable to understand, but which Walt Whitman so wisely perceived to be the permanent foundation of democracy.
Eugenics and Other Evils by G. K. Chesterton
The object of a ceremony is to be ceremonious. Ritual is a need of the human soul — nay, it is rather a need of the human body, like exercise.
A man does not take off his hat to a lady because he looks nicer without it; the instance of bald men would be alone sufficient to upset such an explanation.
He does it because you must positively do something when you meet a lady, or your whole civilisation goes to pieces; and taking off your hat is easier than taking off your necktie or lying face downwards on the pavement. The person who is really in revolt is the optimist, who generally lives and dies in a desperate and suicidal effort to persuade all the other people how good they are.
Only one writer wrote a book against Eugenics. Eugenics and Other Evils may be his most prophetic book. Eugenics led directly to the birth control movement. All the same players were involved, such as Margaret Sanger, who was a member of the American Eugenics Society and was the editor of the Birth Control Review. Less for the Unfit. Two words: Adolf Hitler. He officially instituted Eugenics, leading an entire country in carrying out its principles, not only to breed what he believed to be a superior race but to eliminate everyone whom he considered to be inferior.
Where did Hitler find early support for his Eugenic ideas? From Margaret Sanger and her circle. Margaret Sanger was quick to distance herself from Eugenics and began to emphasize Birth Control as supposedly a feminist issue.
But unfortunately, the philosophy behind Eugenics is with us still. Generally speaking, all of the original arguments in favor of Eugenics have become the same arguments in favor of birth control, abortion, euthanasia, and even cloning.
Chesterton understood this. But he understood it in which is when he started writing this book, which was not published till As with so many other things, Chesterton saw exactly what we see. Only he saw it long before it happened. Eugenics, like abortion, bases all its benefits on denying an entire class of humans their humanity. With abortion, there is a perceived benefit to someone by eliminating the weakest and most defenseless of humans: the unborn.I am not concerned with Mr.
Our attitude towards our equals in age consists in a servile solemnity, overlying a considerable degree of indifference or disdain. We think the question is not whether the theory of the cosmos affects matters, but whether in the long run, anything else affects them.
Literature has purposely become less political; politics have purposely become less literary. The man standing in his own kitchengarden, with fairyland opening at the gate, is the man with large ideas. A brave man may become a coward through being a drunkard.
They then go and do something else. Chesterton says the problem with official science is that it steadily becomes more official while it becomes less scientific. Now, I have not lost my ideals in the least; my faith in fundamentals is exactly what it always was. On the contrary, it is the Victorian prudery and silence which is new still, though it is already dying.