Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Back To Nature

"Properly speaking, of course, there is no such thing as a return to nature, because there is no such thing as a departure from it. The phrase reminds one of the slightly intoxicated gentleman who gets up in his own dining room and declares firmly that he must be getting home." - G.K. Chesterton


Serendipity. I ran across this quotation just this afternoon. And only last night I was again belaboring my long-suffering wife with my occasional sermon on the idiocy of the advertisement on the radio claiming "All Natural Ingredients!" Where else could you get "ingredients" of any sort other than from nature? Perhaps if whatever-it-was were mixed with holy water it would have a *supernatural ingredient. But otherwise our source for everything is the created universe, i.e., nature. Lead, arsenic, and petroleum are just as "natural" as broccoli.

Here endeth the lesson.

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*Or should that be a "preternatural" ingredient?