Gilbert Keith Chesterton noted as a new fact, once unthinkable, that we now say with satisfaction “I am heretic”, whereas the word was hitherto infamous. Let’s quote from his preface to Heretics – “The word heresy not only means no longer being wrong; it practically means being clear-headed and courageous. The word orthodoxy not only no longer means being right; it practically means being wrong.” This choice for heresy has a number of consequences listed by Chesterton. These are still with us; their news is more accentuated at the beginning of the 21st century.
First of all, there is a certain lack of taste, even disgust, for the whole thing. As Chesterton says, general theories are everywhere despised. Here we are, more and more, engaged in discussing details, in art, politics, and literature. Disgust for everything, taste for detail. A true industry now collects the particular opinions of individuals, it is probed on anything, made calculations and, occasionally, its conduct is based on these calculations.
Manolis D. Lemos, dust and dawn look just the same (riot tourism), 2017
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