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“Thoroughly worldly people never understand even the world; they rely altogether on a few cynical maxims which are not true.  Once I remember walking with a  prosperous publisher, who made a remark which I had often heard before; it is, indeed, almost a motto of the modern world.  Yet I had heard it once too often, and I saw suddenly that there was nothing in it.  The publisher said of somebody, “That man will get on; he believes in himself.” … I said to him, “Shall I tell you where the men are who believe most in themselves?  For I can tell you.  I know of men who believe in themselves more colossally than Napoleon or Caesar.  I know where flames the fixed star of certainty and success.  I can guide you to the thrones of the Super-men.  The men who really believe in themselves are all in lunatic asylums.””—G.K. Chesterton

Reflection on Chesterton’s Quote: In these days, the men who really believe in themselves are not in lunatic asylums. They are on TV, in movies, in politics and even religion. They are authors, ministers, politicians, athletes, etc. Here’s my scary question: If my contention is true, then are we living in a lunatic asylum?

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