What's Wrong With The World

Author: G.K. Chesterton
Published: 1910
Language: English
Wordcount: 60,040 / 172 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 61.8
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 3,561
mnybks.net#: 1691
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Essays, Criticism
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The homelessness of man -- Imperialism, or the mistake about man -- Feminism, or the mistake about woman -- Education, or the mistake about the child -- The home of man -- Three notes

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ust actually find the cure before we find the disease .

The fallacy is one of the fifty fallacies that come from the modern madness for biological or bodily metaphors. It is convenient to speak of the Social Organism, just as it is convenient to speak of the British Lion. But Britain is no more an organism than Britain is a lion. The moment we begin to give a nation the unity and simplicity of an animal, we begin to think wildly. Because every man is a biped, fifty men are not a centipede. This has produced, for instance, the gaping absurdity of perpetually talking about "young nations" and "dying nations," as if a nation had a fixed and physical span of life. Thus people will say that Spain has entered a final senility; they might as well say that Spain is losing all her teeth. Or people will say that Canada should soon produce a literature; which is like saying that Canada must soon grow a new moustache. Nations consist of people; the first generation may be decrepit, or the ten thousandth may be vigo

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