Chesterton, G K - Orthodoxy - Mysticism keeps men sane
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Orthodoxy – G. K. Chesterton
Mysticism keeps men sane. As long as you have mystery you have health; when you destroy mystery you create morbidity.
The ordinary man has always been sane because the ordinary man has always been a mystic. …. He has always had one foot in the earth and the other in fairyland.
He has always left himself free to doubt his gods; but (unlike the agnostic of today) free also to believe in them.
He has always cared more for truth than for consistency. If he saw two truths that seemed to contradict each other, he would take the two truths and the contradiction along with them.
His spiritual sight is stereoscopic, like his physical sight; he sees two different pictures at once and yet sees all the better for that