Friday, 10 February 2012

One Peal Of Perfect Thunder

"An artist is identical with an anarchist," he cried. "You might transpose the words anywhere. An anarchist is an artist. The man who throws a bomb is an artist, because he prefers a great moment to everything. He sees how much more valuable is one burst of blazing light, one peal of perfect thunder, than the mere common bodies of a few shapeless policemen. An artist disregards all governments, abolishes all conventions. The poet delights in disorder only. If it were not so, the most poetical thing in the world would be the Underground Railway."
"So it is," said Mr. Syme.
"Nonsense!" said Gregory, who was very rational when anyone else attempted paradox.

A rather violent passage from The Man Who Was Thursday, by GK Chesterton.  Must anarchists prefer a great moment to everything?  Certainly Chesterton himself didn't think so - just look at his essay The Anarchist.

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