I did not know that Alan Watts, of all people, had a deep appreciation of Chesterton

I did not know that Alan Watts, of all people, had a deep appreciation of Chesterton December 4, 2018

I’m skeptical that Watts really grokked Chesterton and think Chesterton would have vehemently disagreed that gnosis is about wonder. (Gnosis is about master of secret knowledge. And one of the by-products of that is the destruction of wonder. When you pull a thing apart to see how it works, the inveterate response of human beings is, “Oh that! We know how *that* works. Nothing amazing about *that*.” The heart of gnosis is not wonder, but pride. I understand the Hidden History of Our Time you simpletons don’t.)

But for all that, Watts does get that the heart of Chesterton was wonder and gratitude. I like that he appreciate that in the man. Check out this interesting talk from an unexpected source.

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