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All Things Considered

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Author: G.K. Chesterton
Published: 1915
Language: English
Wordcount: 60,938 / 175 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 66.8
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 5,299
Added to site: 2006.03.22 12846
Genres: Essays, Audiobook

is not merely at the fact of something being hurt that we laugh (as I trust we do) when a Prime Minister sits down on his hat. If that were so we should laugh whenever we saw a funeral. We do not laugh at the mere fact of something falling down; there is nothing humorous about leaves falling or the sun going down. When our house falls down we do not laugh. All the birds of the air might drop around us in a perpetual shower like a hailstorm without arousing a smile. If you really ask yourself why we laugh at a man sitting down suddenly in the street you will discover that the reason is not only recondite, but ultimately religious. All the jokes about men sitting down on their hats are really theological jokes; they are concerned with the Dual Nature of Man. They refer to the primary paradox that man is superior to all the things around him and yet is at their mercy.

Quite equally subtle and spiritual is the idea at the back of laughing at foreigners. It concerns the almost torturing truth of a thing bei

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****

Wonderful collection of essays, that touch on a myriad of topics (ranging from religion and spirituality, Christmas Day, politics, all the way to the silliness of mundane tasks and the irony of the human condition).
It's a witty and clever read, and I've already picked other books from G.K. Chesterton, as I really enjoyed his style.



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