ENCORE! ENCORE!

I’m working on a new blog series and have a few posts in the queue, but I’m a little worried I’ll start something I can’t finish so I’m going to wait a bit before I let the cat out of the bag. In the meanwhile, I hope you enjoy a few more excellent remarks from quotable Chesterton:

First, the rather standard way of viewing the world:

“All the towering materialism which dominates the modern mind rests ultimately upon once assumption; a false assumption. It is supposed that if a thing hoes on repeating itself it is probably dead; a piece of clockwork. People feel that if the universe was personal it would vary; if the sun were alive it would dance.”

Now, Chesterton’s surprising, refreshing, even childlike perspective:

“[I]t might be true that the sun rises regularly because he never gets tired of rising. His routine might be due, not to a lifelessness, but to a rush of life. The thing I mean can be seem for instance, in children, when they find some game or joke that they especially enjoy. A child kicks his legs rhythmically through excess, not absence, of life.”

Anyone who has a young child, or has spent any time with them, knows where he’s going with this.

“Because children have abounding vitality, because that are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, “Do it again”; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grow-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again” to the sun; and every evening, “Do it again” to the moon.

“The repetition in Nature may not be mere recurrence; it may be a theatrical ENCORE.”

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