Tuesday, 30 August 2011

In defence of unpleasant family life

.. some sages of our own decadence have made a serious attack on the family. They have impugned it, as I think wrongly; and its defenders have defended it, and defended it wrongly.  
The common defence of the family is that, amid the stress and fickleness of life, it is peaceful, pleasant, and at one. But there is another defence of the family which is possible, and to me evident; this defence is that the family is not peaceful and not pleasant and not one. 

[p136, On Certain Modern Writers and the Institution of the Family]

The Collected Works of G.K. Chesterton: 1

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