Friday, January 4, 2013

Chesterton on Fireworks

Fireworks are of the nature of many other human rites; for fire is the essence of nearly all ritual. To burn something, to make a blaze, is one of the most natural outcomes of strong conviction of any sort. Faith exhibits itself in works, and above all in fireworks. To set fire to a thing is perfectly right, especially when we are celebrating some great principle; but do not set fire to the other man; the other man seldom burns well.

From the Illustrated London News, November 25 1905

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