The modern world is full of the old Christian virtues gone mad. The virtues have gone mad because they have been isolated from each other and are wandering alone. Thus some scientists care for truth; and their truth is pitiless. Thus some humanitarians only care for pity; and their pity (I am sorry to say) is often untruthful.

– Gilbert K Chesterton, “III––The Suicide of Thought,” Orthodoxy (New York: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1908).

Chesterton is a Christian author from England at the turn of the century whose prose and (often) thought I admire. His style is without peer.

He’s also interesting, because he confronted the sort of secularist, atheist movement in England that now grips the west more generally. (He has much in common with C.S. Lewis in this regard.)

At any rate, in this case he is right. It is an almost unpardonable sin (dissonance intended! this blogging gig is a cinch….) in many circles to suggest that someone has made an unwise choice (like, maybe, starting a blog).

Thankfully, in medicine (at least for now) one is not yet penalized for correctly identifying a potential problem


The modern world