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Ideas #211 – GK Chesterton's Good-natured Conservatism

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“Accepting everything is an exercise, understanding everything is an effort. The poet only asks to put his head in the sky. It is the logician who tries to put the sky in his head. And it’s his head that shatters.” For a long time, the author of this sentence was an illustrious stranger in Brazil. And if today the name Gilbert Keith Chesterton, or GK Chesterton, is on the internet, in texts and in the academy, it is thanks to the variety of subjects that the British writer has focused on throughout his life.

An advocate of orthodoxy, traditions and fairy tales, Chesterton can be described as the man who understood and embodied the conservative spirit with lightness, intelligence and good humor – attributes that, let us agree, are lacking in contemporary public debate. To understand who this charismatic figure was and how his ideas can help a generation that insists on believing too much in itself, we invite Rodrigo Naymaier, who is a seminarian in the Archdiocese of Porto Alegre and president of the Chesterton Brazil Society, and Arthur Grupillo, who is a journalist and professor of philosophy.

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