Quote from Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton
I was getting caught up on some older posts here, and the discussion of whether or not men are polygamous by nature reminded me of a quote from my current read, Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton:
“I could never mix in the common murmur of that rising generation against monogamy, because no restriction on sex seemed so odd and unexpected as sex itself. To be allowed, like Endymion, to make love to the moon and then to complain that Jupiter kept his own moons in a harem seemed to me (bred on fairy tales like Endymion’s) a vulgar anti-climax. Keeping to one woman is a small price for so much as seeing one woman. To complain that I could only be married once was like complaining that I had only been born once. It was incommensurate with the terrible excitement of which one was talking. It showed, not an exaggerated sensibility to sex, but a curious insensibility to it. A man is a fool who complains that he cannot enter Eden by five gates at once. Polygamy is a lack of the realization of sex; it is like a man plucking five pears in mere absence of mind.”
I thought that you all may find it interesting 🙂
I would certainly recommend the rest of the book too, though most of it is about general Christianity, not sex. It’s giving me a lot of food for thought.
“Enter Eden by five gates at once.” I somehow doubt that phrase wasn’t literally dripping with depth that he chose not to expound on. The rich cosmological and mystical theology developed through the last couple thousand years are likely foundational to his choice of sentence when speaking in the context of marriage. And yet he just seemingly slipped it in as if unintended.
What a great quote.
I love the way he wove such wonderful dollops of truth and the Gospel into his Father Brown series. It has been some time since I read (make that devoured) The Complete Father Brown, but enough of it has survived making into the TV series that it was certainly even more open and straightforward in the books. (Modern media rarely makes something more faith-building, after all.)