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What's Wrong with the World Paperback – October 1, 1994
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One is again reminded that there's no need to read Chesterton, because what he says is always completely obvious. The only possible reason to read him is that it doesn't become obvious until he has said it.
The book is more than a century old, it was published in 1910! And of course, it has the 1910 writing style which is what puts me off I think but that is just personal preference.
The book is still very good. The ideas put forward are still applicable to this day - it's as if our social progress barely moved in 100 years!
If it wasn't for the writing style and some of the examples in the arguments, you'd think the book was written last year.
Our society is still suffering from the same illnesses as it was back then. Unfortunately we still haven't found the solutions to these age old problems. What's more, our discussions have become even more acute and fruitless. We don't even try to reconcile our differences any more. Instead, whoever can shout the loudest on TV is deemed the winner of the argument.
The book does have a lot of humor though I wouldn't call it funny. I would probably call it sad, especially if you start pondering about this 100 year total social stagnation.
Anyway, the book does have a lot of good ideas and makes you think back and ask yourself, why do we keep repeating the same mistakes and doing the wrong thing? why do we refuse to move forward?!