They said that I should lose my ideals and begin to believe in the methods of practical politicians. What I have why i am not a christian and other essays pdf is my old childlike faith in practical politics. Thus, at least, venerable and philanthropic old men now in their honoured graves used to talk to me when I was a boy. But since then I have grown up and have discovered that these philanthropic old men were telling lies.
What has really happened is exactly the opposite of what they said would happen. The only thing that has kept the race of men from the mad extremes of the convent and the pirate-galley, the night-club and the lethal chamber, has been mysticism — the belief that logic is misleading, and that things are not what they seem. We speak of ‘touching’ a man’s heart, but we can do nothing to his head but hit it. That these brutal forces always besiege and often capture the citadel does not prove that they are the citadel. The simplification of anything is always sensational. Bosh,” he said, “On what else is the whole world run but immediate impressions?
The riddle of life is simply this. For some mad reason in this mad world of ours, the things which men differ about most are exactly the things about which they must be got to agree. Men can agree on the fact that the earth goes round the sun. But then it does not matter a dump whether the earth goes around the sun or the Pleiades. And these are exactly the things that must be settled somehow on strict principles. Study each of them, and you will find each of them works back certainly to a philosophy, probably to a religion.
I generally discover that they haven’t got any. A man must be orthodox upon most things, or he will never even have time to preach his own heresy. We have come to the age of the mystagogue or don, the man who has nothing to say, but says it softly and impressively in an indistinct whisper. But I said that I opened my intellect as I opened my mouth, in order to shut it again on something solid. I was doing it at the moment. And as I truly pointed out, it would look uncommonly silly if I went on opening my mouth infinitely, for ever and ever. I am informed, get up the night before.
What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon. Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. Fairy tales are more than true — not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.
Gaiman admitted to misquoting Chesterton: “It’s my fault. I didn’t own the book, and this was before the Internet. And then ten years went by before I finished the book, and in the meantime I had completely forgotten that the Chesterton quote was mine and not his. I’m perfectly happy for anyone to attribute it to either of us. The sentiment is his, the phrasing is mine.
Fairytales don’t tell children that dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairytales tell children that dragons can be killed. I swear to you that nothing shall come between us. I swear to you that nothing shall be in my heart or in my head till our swords clash together.