“It’s all been done before,” or, “why we must do it again.”


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“What could be better than to have all the fun of discovering South Africa without the disgusting necessity of landing there?”
-G.K. Chesterton, “Orthodoxy”

You can never go home again. Or can you?

The spaces and places that we live our lives may lose appeal or excitement, and the urge to find something novel and new will forever guide us towards greener lands.

There is a story about a man who wanted to live in a green land beyond the horizon. It was the land of his youth, it was the land of old fables, and it was the land he wanted to spend the rest of his life in. Away, it was always just a little bit further away. With flowing rivers, rich orchards, vines weighed down with fruit, and smiling faces greeting him at each turn.

He was driven to find that mystical land of his youth, so he journeyed over the horizon. For years he journeyed, and each new place was not that land of his youth. Beginning to fear that he would never find it he struck out again.

And then one day, as he journeyed down the road and the dawn was breaking, he spotted a glow on the horizon. The land of his youth, the wellspring of fables, and land of verdant green hills. Knowing at last that he had finally arrived; he was full of wonder and joy. Smiling faces welcomed him to the fabled kingdom he had searched his whole lifetime for. “Welcome home!” and “We’re so glad to see you!”, they said.

Years of traveling had a peculiar effect on our eager traveler. In his quest for the fabled land, he had traveled the whole world round and not known it.

The land our traveler discovered was the very land that he departed from years earlier.

You know this traveler, and you may as well be one. I myself have traveled, and I will not attempt to talk you out of making your own journey to the fabled land.

The traditionalist lifestyle and orthodox Christian faith are that very land which young men and women are seeking. The secular and modern, multicultural and integrationist world view are the equivalent of suffering an intellectual impairment. Visit any college campus, and you will see what I mean.

Young men and women wander about embracing East Indian cultural celebrations, learning the benefits of Buddhism, and parroting the dangers of Christianity and western civilization in chorus. These youth have abandoned their identity, heritage, and faith.

They wander in the darkness, lost– but, please, allow them to travel.

These are G.K. Chesterton’s “worldly people” who will “… never understand even the world; they rely altogether on a few cynical maxims which are not true.”

“Diversity is a strength!”, “Race is a social construct!”, and “Integration enriches our lives!” are some of these cynical maxims that they live by day in, and day out.

To say that these worldly people understand the United States of America, let alone the State of Indiana is being generous.

These worldly people have embraced a multitude of traditions, lifestyles, and laws which are alien to western society and they see it as quite normal, nay, an improvement on western society itself!

They have built up a world of peculiar oddities around themselves, and it strikes them not as odd.

Chesterton said it best, “In short, oddities only strike ordinary people. Oddities do not strike odd people. This is why ordinary people have a much more exciting time; while odd people are always complaining of the dullness of life.”

Yes, these “worldly people” are lost and wandering travelers, but let them drift a while longer.

Consider Chesterton’s envy of the traveler who “discovered” his homeland, “His mistake was really a most enviable mistake; and he knew it, if he was the man I take him for. What could be more delightful that to have in the same few minutes all the fascinating terrors of going abroad combined with all the humane security of coming home again?”

Let the travelers wander. Let the travelers seek the mystical homeland beyond the horizon. Let the travelers enjoy the excitement of “discovering” their homeland.

When the travelers return, greet them with smiles and say unto them, “Welcome home!”, and “We’re so glad to see you!” When our youth explore and wander away from home, leave the light on for them, because that is the glow on the horizon they are seeking.

The traditionalist lifestyle and orthodox Christian faith are that homeland you are seeking, but you must discover it for yourself.


  • I very much like the fable – I have lived that fable to a large degree. I also appreciate the Chesterton quotes. He was such an insightful man.

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By: Thomas Buhls



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