Re-thinking, Re-viewing, Re-forming the Line

At the battle of Minas Tirith, the King of Rohan calls to his troops to “re-form the line”.  It’s a startling moment, as only the moment before the order has gone out to “secure the city”. Everyone thinks the battle has been won until they hear the sound of fresh troops from the enemy coming.  It’s a metaphor for the battle between good and evil, a battle that can take place on the large scope of a battlefield or in the confines of one human heart: just when we think the battle might be over we have to listen closely to hear that it is not.  The line of defense must be re-formed.  It is part of an eternal revolution.

In our day and age, the word reform has come to mean something it is not: something entirely different from what a thing started out to be.  But the metaphor of the King of Rohan’s call is a clarian definition: it means to take what is there and re-form it to what it was before it has gotten skewed.  Straighten out what is crooked.  Clean up what has been spoiled. Return to the original vision; don’t keep altering the vision into something no one recognizes in the end and is pretty well muddied up.

As G. K. Chesterton once said in “The Eternal Revolution”: “If you leave a white post alone it will soon be a black post. If you particularly want it to be white you must be always painting it again; that is, you must be always having a revolution. Briefly, if you want the old white post you must have a new white post. But this which is true even of inanimate things is in a quite special and terrible sense true of all human things.”

That’s what this blog will be about.  Observations on “the eternal revolution” and as such will compass just about everything.


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