One of the recent posts on Desiring God quotes G.K. Chesterton. I can’t quite figure out what the point is, yet I think it is interesting.
I understand the first three paragraphs, and I thought that was interesting enough. But the final paragraph just throws me through a loop. Here is the quote:
“When we are very young children we don’t need fairy tales: we only need tales. Mere life is interesting enough.
A child of seven is excited by being told that Tommy opened a door and saw a dragon. But a child of three is exicted by being told that Tommy opened a door.
Boys like romantic tales; but babies like realistic tales — because they find them romantic. . . . This proves that even nursery tales only echo an almost pre-natal leap of interest and amazement.
These tales say that apples are golden only to refresh the forgotten moment when we found that they were green. They make rivers run with wine only to make us remember, for one wild moment, that they run with water.”
Here is the link to the original post, which interestingly didn’t provide any further development on the quote. You decide what it means (though when I figure it out, you’ll be wrong and I’ll be right, hehe…)