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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Just One More

I know I'm probably boring some of you to tears while I'm on this literary bent, but I need to post just this one last quote from the Chesterton book I'm reading.  It is a follow-up to the quote in the last Chesterton post about coming out of your cave walking on your hands.  Here we go...

If a man saw the world upside down, with all the trees and towers hanging head downwards as in a pool, one effect would be to emphasize the idea of dependence. There is a Latin and literal connection; for the very word dependence only means hanging. It would make vivid the Scriptural text which says that God has hung the world upon nothing. If Saint Francis had seen, in one of his strange dreams, the town of Assisi upside down, it need not have differed in a single detail from itself except in being entirely the other way round. But the point is this: that whereas to the normal eye the large masonry of its walls or the massive foundations of its watchtowers and its high citadel would make it seem safer and more permanent, the moment it was turned over the very same weight would make it seem more helpless and more in peril. It is but a symbol; but it happens to fit the psychological fact. Saint Francis might love his little town as much as before, or more than before; but the nature of the love would be altered even in being increased. He might see and love every tile on the steep roofs or every bird on the battlements; but he would see them all in a new and divine light of eternal danger and dependence. Instead of being merely proud of his strong city because it could not be moved, he would be thankful to God Almighty that it had not been dropped; he would be thankful to God for not dropping the whole cosmos like a vast crystal to be shattered into falling stars.

Or another way to say it...

"So come out of your cave walking on your hands
And see the world hanging upside down
You can understand dependence
When you know the maker's land" - The Cave, Mumford & Sons

Lots of love to go around, folks!
I love Chesterton.  I love Mumford & Sons.  And now I love St. Francis.  Because they all make me love God so much more. 

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