Chesterton on the Reality of Good and Evil

Edinburgh

“You have known people who had real superstitions; black, towering, terrific superstitions; you have lived with those people; and I want to ask you a question about them.”

“You seem to know something about them yourself,” answered Noel; “but I will answer any question you like.”

“Were they not happier men than you?”

Gale paused a moment as he put the question, and then went on. “Did they not in fact sing more songs, and dance more dances, and drink wine with more real merriment? That was because they believed in evil. In evil spells, perhaps, in evil luck, in evil under all sorts of stupid and ignorant symbols; but still in something to be fought. They at least read things in black and white, and saw life as the battlefield it is. But you are unhappy because you disbelieve in evil, and think it philosophical to see everything in the same light of grey.

GK Chesterton, The Poet and the Lunatics

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