We do not want joy and anger to neutralise each other and produce a surly contentment; we want a fiercer delight and a fiercer discontent. We have to feel the universe at once as an ogre’s castle, to be stormed, and yet as our own cottage, to which we can return at evening.
— G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy, p62, “The Flag of The World”
This quote is from one of the best chapters I have ever read; Chesterton’s “The Flag of the World” chapter in Orthodoxy is a jewel. The book is one I shall be rereading regularly over the course of my life.
I can now see why God loved David so much. Jesus’s fierceness and gladness is also much clearer. My own tendency to “surly contentment” is savagely rebuked as unchristian heresy. Jesus and David both tangled with ogres, both were very at home in the world, walking and talking and drinking merrily: dangerous folk, joyful folk…