"The world is not a lodging-house at Brighton, which we are to leave because it is miserable. It is the fortress of our family, with the flag flying on the turret, and the more miserable it is the less we should leave it."
-G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
This here blog is a glimpse or two or three at the condition of the 'fortress of our family' through the eyes Timothy Goddard, a Christian writer with an unhealthy interest in politics living in the Puget Sound area.
German professor says two dumb things Well, we'll call it one and a half. A German literature professor has said that if adults read more children's literature, we would have less war. That, of course, is patently absurd. But what example did he give of this sort of pacifying children's literature? The Lord of the Rings. That's where he's half stupid. If he thinks Lord of the Rings is children's literature, he's a grade-A dingbat--apparently a common malady amongst snobbish European literati. However, if we all read Lord of the Rings, we probably would have less war. But not for the reasons he cites ("It shows, in a spectacular way, how destroying an object can prevent world domination from one person or side.") In fact, it would be because more people would be confronted with the struggle of good versus evil, and more people would be confronted by the moral responsibility there is to wage war against evil. The temporary increase in war following this mass-reading of the Good Professor's book would be followed by a decrease in war due to lack of tyrants, which would result in a relative overall decrease in war. Not that it would dissapear altogether, by any means, but I think we'd be on the right track. None of this, of course, has anything to do with children's literature at all.
Via homo homini lupus EST, who gives it a much more amusing thrashing.