Saturday, March 01, 2008

Baby Worship

Ronald McCloskey reminded us that the thing that is in us that loves babies, will love Dickens.

And that reminded me of the "In Defense of Baby Worship" essay that Chesterton wrote, and that I love. Here is a little bit, and if you click on the title above, you can get a bigger piece of the essay.
" If we could see the stars as a child sees them, we should need no other apocalypse. . . We may scale the heavens and find new stars innumerable, but there is still the new star we have not found - [the one] on which we were born. But the influence of children goes further than its first trifling effort of remaking heaven and earth. It forces us actually to remodel our conduct in accordance with this revloutionary theory of the marvellousness of all things. We do actually treat talking in children as marvellous, walking in children as marvellous, common intelligence in children as marvellous. . . [and] that attitude towards children is right. It is our attitude towards grown up people that is wrong. . ." GKC
Baby worship is right. So is all-people worship. Every man is a child of God, made in His image and likeness. It's just often harder to see what's wonderful in an adult; nonetheless, we adults are still marvels, and marvelous, each and every one of us.

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