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What's Wrong with the World Paperback – October 1, 1994
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In fact, some of the moral issues are perhaps more vital today than they were in Chesterton's time. He seemed to foresee that the diminution of our moral standards would lead to the dehumanization of mankind, he foresaw woman's suffrage and the dangers of the burgeoning corporate oligarchy.
All of these essays are memorable, touched with Chesterton's often dazzling verbal legerdemain. In "The Insane Necessity," he writes, "...discipline means that in certain frightfully rapid circumstances, one can trust anybody so long as he is not everybody." There are so many memorable more, like "Oppression by Optimism," "The Unfinished Temple" and "Sincerity and the Gallows" that are each in their turn, breathtaking in both their focus and scope.
If you've never read G K Chesterton, this is a fine place to start and if you've read some of his other works and enjoyed them, you'll love this one.
I only picked up this volume because I read somewhere that C.S. Lewis was a devoted fan of Chesterton.
Be prepared, there is no one thing that is wrong with the world - it is a collection of things. Of course, any thinking person knows that there are always a collection of problems that are inter-related and cause all sorts of things to be wrong in the world.
Chesterton is strongly pro-Catholic church so be prepared that one of the things wrong with the world is that the world is not Catholic. Being a Lutheran myself, I smiled and moved on. Women working outside of the home is a problem Chesterton identifies as well. Not because women are inferior (he reveres the housewife and acknowledges it is draining) but because the home is a special place if well-tended by an extraordinary women - a place where the family can actually be free of the demands of society and work. Plus, a homemaker is, by the very nature of the job, a skilled amateur that knows a little about "a hundred trades." Homemakers are not specialized and that is good in Chesterton's eyes.
Why is specialization a problem? People become experts in just one thing and don't learn about the rest of the world. Think of our modern college system.Read more ›
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What's wrong with the world, according to G.K., is that we keep trying to go forward without knowing where we are going. Read morePublished 1 month ago by David M Quinn
Lots of typos, small type, unappealing layout, didn't include original publication information. At least it was cheap!Published 2 months ago by Walker Mulley
It speaks as much to the modern world as to the world back then.Published 2 months ago by Todd Malcolm
Not my cup of tea, that's for sure, but I can definitely see the appeal and appreciate some good literature.
The book is more than a century old, it was published in 1910! Read more
As relevant today as it was when it was written, GK Chesterton's arguments are a mixture of paradox and common sense. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Chris Moses
Chesterton is one of the most interesting and engaging intellectuals you will read. Ignore him to your detriment or enjoy the mental and spiritual exercise of his work.Published 4 months ago by Robert Calvert
This book is surprisingly relevant to the issues faced in our world still even thought it was written over 100 years ago. I highly recommendPublished 4 months ago by Brian