Orthodoxy

Eyes open, refusing to see…
Heart choking, pretending to be
Alive inside. Freedom named but
Never claimed, shore in sight but
Holding tight to tossed shred of flotsam
Tied to an anchor. Well-disguised
Anger wrapped in false confidence:
All Sherlock, no evidence. Stuck with
A telescope dressed as a microscope, when
All the while
What’s required is a periscope to
Punch through the surface of
Play-pretend purpose, an act in
A circus of clowns
With no tent.

3 thoughts on “Orthodoxy

    1. Thanks.

      I had just seen a Facebook post from my ultra-conservative brother-in-law, a G.K. Chesterton quote from “Orthodoxy”:

      “People have fallen into a foolish habit of speaking of orthodoxy as something heavy, humdrum, and safe. There never was anything so perilous or so exciting as orthodoxy. It was sanity: and to be sane is more dramatic than to be mad . . . It is easy to be a madman: it is easy to be a heretic. It is always easy to let the age have its head; the difficult thing is to keep one’s own. It is always easy to be a modernist; as it is easy to be a snob . . . It is always simple to fall; there are an infinity of angles at which one falls, only one at which one stands. To have fallen into any one of the fads from Gnosticism to Christian Science would indeed have been obvious and tame. But to avoid them all has been one whirling adventure; and in my vision the heavenly chariot flies thundering through the ages, the dull heresies sprawling and prostrate, the wild truth reeling but erect.”

      This is patently ridiculous. I really think Chesterton should have stuck with detective fiction, as his philosophical reasoning is so full of holes it’s not even funny. I summarize: Agreeing with me–which entails accepting wholesale a bill of goods passed down through equally thoughtless generations–is a brave choice. On the other hand, thinking for yourself–questioning and searching for truth wherever it may be found–is cowardliness of the highest measure.

      Ridiculous. Disingenuous and ridiculous. And dumb. And ridiculous. Did I mention ridiculous…?

      1. It’s amazing that someone can be so blatently snobbish while chastising snobs. Accepting spoon-fed anecdotes without skepticism is the least intellectually adventous life I can imagine.

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