Their attitude is really this: that the man must stop thinking, if he is to go on living. Their counsel is one on intellectual amputation. If thy head offend thee, cut it off; for it is better, not merely to enter the Kingdom of Heaven as a child, but to enter it as an imbecile, rather than with your whole intellect to be cast into hell.

–Orthodoxy, G.K. Chesterton

It was a solid sign of our unreal times—in an interview with Sean Hannity about his bid for the California governorship, Caitlyn Jenner said, “I have common sense, OK.” And many didn’t bat an eye as this man, dressed and made-up as the woman he asserts to be, claimed a grasp of common sense. Surrendering to insanity is itself a species of insanity, for it is unreasonable to acquiesce to things that are irrational, or to mindlessly ignore violations against reason and reality. Such surrender, however, is becoming part and parcel with everyday American life.

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