The Terrors of Going Abroad with the Security of Coming Home

“This at least seems to me the main problem for philosophers…How can we contrive to be at once astonished at the world and yet at home in it? How can this queer cosmic town, with its many-legged citizens, with its monstrous and ancient lamps, how can this world give us at once the fascination of a strange town and the comfort and honour of being our own town?…

It is one thing to describe an interview with a gorgon or a griffin, a creature who does not exist. It is another thing to discover that the rhinoceros does exist and then take pleasure in the fact that he looks as if he didn’t…

We need to be happy in this wonderland without once being merely comfortable.”

– G.K. Chesterton Orthodoxy

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