Background: When I was the editor of Gilbert Magazine, I was responsible for the “Tremendous Trifles” column. It was occasionally hard to find a sufficient amount of interesting GKC material to fill the page, so John Peterson sent me a file full of Chesterton ancedotes. They were idiosyncratic, historical, and Chestertonian. He recently gave me permission to use them here. I hope y’all find them as interesting as I have over the years. Most of them have never been published.
In tracing the history of “assisted suicide,” Richard L. Worship noted the founding of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society in England in 1935 to lobby for euthanasia rights for the terminally ill. Worship quoted Chesterton’s prophecy (killing people “who are a nuisance to themselves” soon leads to killing people “who are a nuisance to other people”) and pointed out that it did come true in Germany, not England, as a direct consequence of the euthanasia movement. [CQ Researcher, February 21, 1992]Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg | Facebook | Technorati | Google | StumbleUpon | Window Live | Tailrank | Furl | Netscape | Yahoo | BlinkList