The Superstition of Divorce

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Author: G.K. Chesterton
Published: 1920
Language: English
Wordcount: 24,171 / 66 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 60.1
LoC Category: HQ
Audiobook: www.archive.org
Downloads: 2,244
Added to site: 2009.01.19
mnybks.net#: 23181
Genres: Essays, Audiobook
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go from shop to shop trying to get what we want; but we do not go from nation to nation doing this; unless we belong to a certain group now heading very straight for Pogroms. In the first case it is the threat that we shall withdraw our custom; in the second it is the threat that we shall never withdraw ourselves; that we shall be part of the institution to the last. The time when the shop loses its customers is the time when the city needs its citizens; but it needs them as critics who will always remain to criticise. I need not now emphasise the deadly need of this double energy of internal reform and external defence; the whole towering tragedy which has eclipsed our earth in our time is but one terrific illustration of it. The hammer-strokes are coming thick and fast now; and filling the world with infernal thunders; and there is still the iron sound of something unbreakable deeper and louder than all the things that break. We may curse the kings, we may distrust the captains, we may murmur at the very e

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Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****
2009.07.24
Eric Myers
*****

With his usual wit and common sense, G.K. Chesterton has written a masterpiece on the subject of marriage and the home against the backdrop of the "superstition" of divorce. Somehow we think that a law court and a piece of paper can change the irrevocable nature of the marriage vow. As Chesterton aptly demonstrates marriage is an eternal promise between a man and woman and "that this rash and romantic operation is the only furnace from which can come the plain hardware of humanity, the cast-iron resistance of citizenship or the cold steel of common sense;" Those who want divorce really want everything and in so doing spoil the power of choice. "They are not crying for the moon, which is a definite and therefore a defensible desire. They are crying for the world; and when they had it, they would want another one. In the last resort they would like to try every situation, not in fancy but in fact, but they cannot refuse any and therefore cannot resolve on any." Is it any wonder that so many in our time live joyless and unhappy lives? This pamphlet has given me a whole new perspective on marriage and the family. Highly recommended.


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