In light of the last presidential election and its watershed, which swung on the ideal of “change,” I think G. K. Chesterton’s analysis in Orthodoxy is timely…well, actually about four years too late. Nevertheless, there is another election rapidly (and ravenously) coming upon us. We’d do well to reflect on the last four years of “Change.”
“It is true that a man (a silly man) might make change itself his object or ideal. But as an ideal, change itself becomes unchangeable. If the change-worshipper wishes to estimate his own progress, he must be sternly loyal to the ideal of change; he must not begin to flirt gaily with the ideal of monotony. Progress itself cannot progress…Change is about the narrowest and hardest groove that a man can get into” (parenthesis original, I promise).