The world will very soon be divided, unless I am mistaken,
into those who still go on explaining our success,
and those somewhat more intelligent who are trying to explain our failure.

Speech to Anglo-Catholic Congress 6-29-20


β€œMen do not differ much about what things they will call evils;
they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable.”

G. K. Chesterton

14 comments on “excuses

  1. Great quotes πŸ™‚

  2. Citizen Tom says:

    When G. K. Chesterton wrote that second quote, I suspect it was true enough. Now, I suspect we have more to worry about the truth of this quote.

    Isaiah 5:20 New International Version (NIV)

    Woe to those who call evil good
    and good evil,
    who put darkness for light
    and light for darkness,
    who put bitter for sweet
    and sweet for bitter.

    • I know– my cousin sent me one of those “forwards” emails yesterday about the Abrahamic covenant and how we now see it playing out with Obama’s legacy and his out right disdain for Israel and the unbelievable Trump victory– if you’ve not already seen it, I’ll send you the link– it really is telling — that there is a stirring deeper in all of this then most observers realize or care to recognize

  3. Reblogged this on Talmidimblogging and commented:
    AAhhh… A wonderful Chesterton quote!!

  4. Wally Fry says:


    Our excusing of evil never makes it not evil.

    Although we try.

    Applying our standards in place of God’s never ends well. See Adam and Eve

    • I can remember when I was a young mother and had to head back to work after our son was born. We had no choice but to put him in a daycare near the school where I was teaching.
      I can still remember very vividly each morning, still dark, dropping him off while crying the entire way to work….
      he stayed sick, catching everything that came down the pike.
      Sitting in the pediatrician’s office for the millionth time, he just said, “you know Julie, daycare is just a necessary evil…and this way he’ll get all these bugs out of the way, building up his immunity for when he does start school….”
      So necessary evils.
      It seems that we as a society have taken that notion and run amuck with it….
      We excuse everything away—but I do agree that we do have some evils, that as man, are more necessary than others, or perhaps simply destined to happen due to our living in a fallen world…
      But the fact that we’ve gotten so good at excusing it all is what is so troubling—there is very little of the moral remorse that we should still find and hold on to….instead we’ve built a callous resolve…a survival of the fittest sort of mentality—the last man standing notion being the victor—but the victor of what I wonder….

  5. So profoundly true! πŸ™‚ ❀

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