Just a quick note, in case you've been wondering.
I've recorded more G.K. Chesterton books than of any other author. I like his writing, and I like the way I sound when I read it.
That doesn't mean I agree with everything he says, and I am not endorsing his beliefs. He was I gather considered a liberal by the standards of his day. By modern standards he'd be a bigot and a racist. He was profoundly parochial in every sense of the world, and proud of it. His views were those of a man of his time, place and background. He could use terms and language that in a public venue today would make jaws drop and fists rise. And yes, I quote them word for word. Because yes, that's what he wrote in the book.
That said, he was an intelligent man and a good writer. And he spoke in a manner that has gone out of fashion. It seems the fashion lately to despise people who don't agree, and to see malice in every opinion and action, what one writer has called the "indig-nation," a whole society whose first response is anger and hatred. As mentioned in the introduction to "Heretics," Chesterton could disagree strenuously with his closest friends, and they remained his closest friends. He admired them and treated them with respect. They returned that view. That's refreshing, and it's sad how rare that's become.
So I'm recording this book because I was asked. And I'm recording this book for the reason I recorded the others, because these books are worth exploring, it is valuable to be reminded that good ideas and wisdom weren't invented in last week's latest self-help book. Sometimes the old books ought to be dusted off and reread. And it's much easier if someone, me for example, can read them aloud to you so you don't just see what was typed, you know what was meant -- at least as well as I can figure that out.
So now that I've got that off my chest, let's get on with recording the book.
Part I On The Creature Called Man
Chapter VIII The End of the World
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