The Real End and Final Holiday of Human Souls


It is not only possible to say a great deal in praise of play; it is really possible to say the highest things in praise of it. It might reasonably be maintained that the true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground. To be at last in such secure innocence that one can juggle with the universe and the stars, to be so good that one can treat everything as a joke — that may be, perhaps, the real end and final holiday of human souls.

-G. K. Chesterton, Oxford From Without, All Things Considered, 1908

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4 thoughts on “The Real End and Final Holiday of Human Souls

  1. That quote needs to stay in 1908. When heaven was still the long term. Now as we near the end times, heaven is just a short rest stop until we are given our immortal LIVING bodies that will allow us to serve GOD in a multitude of ways throughout the entire universe.

    1. Dear Dreamwalker – Without a deeper reading of Chesterton and his beliefs, I can see where you might draw that conclusion. But Catholicism does not believe that heaven is without the “new earth”. Indeed, it does most emphatically believe in the scriptures (as did Mr. Chesterton) in which those counted worthy of resurrection will have glorified bodies similar to Christ and will have access to both the “new heavens and the new earth”.

      1. The immortal is welcome to all that accept God into their life through Jesus. Not just a select few. Those that do qualify “as a select few” are the martyrs for Christ and those given to the altar of abortion. They are the only ones that are select and they shall serve God directly. The rest will have the immortal boby and work for and with Jesus.

      2. Dear Dreamwalker – First, I don’t wish us to get off track from the valid point Mr. Chesterton is making: that this fallen world, this earth, is a “task place” – meaning that we have to make more effort due to still retaining that struggle (the Apostle Paul’s description) against the fallen self as we become more Christ-like through obedience to Him. And that Heaven (which Chesterton is including the “new earth” in that word) is going to be like play compared to what we are going through now because being our true nature then as Sons of God will be so much easier. If he does not make his valid and scriptural point in precisely the words we may both be used to, it still does not dismiss the validity, in fact, the legitimate pleasure of his point, does it? 🙂 I hope you can accept that we are pretty much in agreement. I want to assure you that no where in my comments or in Mr. Chesterton’s essay is either of us saying that only a select few are welcome to accept Christ’s invitation to life. Everyone is invited to “come and drink life’s waters free”, but the scriptures also honestly warn us that not everyone will choose to do so. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on this blog!

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