Tuesday, February 23, 2010

As I read, the more I learn I don't know.

G.K. Chesterton writes in his book Orthodoxy...a lot. He writes honestly in his "shoot from the hip" style, bluntly striking at the heart of the topics his philosophical mind has chosen. As his words fly across my eyes and horizontally into my unphilosophical mind, I realize more and more that I have so much to learn. Chesterton's autobiography is filled with a healthy combination of amusing and deep, meaningful observations of humanity.
Easily one of the most completely engrossing books I've read lately, I find myself wondering about my own perspective, my own worldview, and my own thoughts. That is my reason behind the statement that he is an incredibly powerful communicator.
To write in a way so as to have the reader examining themselves...that is my definition of literary greatness. The statement stands no classic test of time, nor have I loads of examples with which to prove my point, but that's what makes it my point and not a general statement. It's entirely subjective.
And I stand by it.

1 comment:

  1. L-O-V-E chesterton
    way more than you do

    one of Ricky's favorite authors too