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The Effect of Humour on Insult Between Chesterton and Shaw


George Bernard Shaw, Hilaire Belloc, and G.K.Chesterton
George Bernard Shaw, Hilaire Belloc, and G.K. Chesterton

G.K Chesterton a Catholic and a Distributist, and George Bernard Shaw, an atheist and a socialist debated often. However, both could joke and to stay on as friends. Their ability to joke produced heated debates. Even some who disagreed with Chesterton well-known for his reasoned apologetics recognized the universal appeal in such works as Orthodoxy and The Everlasting Man.

As a political thinker, he denigrated both progressivism and conservatism. In 1924 in the Illustrated London News of April 19th, he wrote: “The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected.”

Once Bernard Shaw, Chesterton’s “friendly enemy,” said of him, “He was a man of colossal genius”.

Chesterton often associated with his close friend, the poet and essayist Hilaire Belloc. Chesterton’s friendly enemy, George Bernard Shaw, coined the name “Chesterbelloc” for their partnership.

Chesterton loved to debate. He often engaged in friendly public disputes with such men as George Bernard Shaw, H. G. Wells, Bertrand Russell and Clarence Darrow. Whenever Chesterton and Shaw debated it looked like they played cowboys in a never released silent movie.

During a debate between Chesterton and Bernard Shaw chaired by Hillaire Belloc, Shaw defending his wish to abolish private property, said:

If I own a large part of Scotland I can turn the people off the land practically into the sea, or across the sea. I can take women in childbearing and throw them into the snow and leave them there. That has been done. I can do it for no better reason than I think it is better to shoot deer on the land than allow people to live on it. They might frighten the deer.

But now compare that with the ownership of my umbrella. As a matter of fact the umbrella I have tonight belongs to my wife; but I think she will permit me to call it mine for the purpose of the debate. Now I have a very limited legal right to the use of that umbrella. I cannot do as I like with it. For instance, certain passages in Mr. Chesterton’s speech tempted me to get up and smite him over the head with my umbrella. I may presently feel inclined to smite Mr. Belloc. But should I abuse my right to do what I like with my property–with my umbrella–in this way I should soon be made aware– possibly by Mr. Belloc’s fist–that I cannot treat my umbrella as my own property in the way in which a landlord can treat his land. I want to destroy ownership in order that possession and enjoyment may be raised to the highest point in every section of the community. That, I think, is perfectly simple…

To this G.K. Chesterton responded:

Among the bewildering welter of fallacies which Mr. Shaw has just given us, I prefer to deal first with the simplest. When Mr. Shaw refrains from hitting me over the head with his umbrella, the real reason–apart from his real kindness of heart, which makes him tolerant of the humblest of the creatures of God–is not because he does not own his umbrella, but because he does not own my head. As I am still in possession of that imperfect organ, I will proceed to use it to the confutation of some of his other fallacies…

I fully agree with Mr. Shaw, and speak as strongly as he would speak, of the abomination and detestable foulness and sin of landlords who drove poor people from their land in Scotland and elsewhere. It is quite true that men in possession of land have committed these crimes; but I do not see why wicked officials under a socialistic state could not commit these crimes. But that has nothing to do with the principle of ownership of land. In fact these very Highland crofters, these very people thus abominably outraged and oppressed, if you asked them what they want would probably say, “I want to own my own croft; I want to own my own land.”

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Six Word Saturday – September 29, 2012 : Our Stupid Life!


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THE THREE STUPID STAGES OF LIFE!

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Six Word Saturday – September 22, 2012 : OMG


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OH MY GOD! HE REALLY EXISTS!

OH MY GOD HE REALLY EXISTS!


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Six Word Saturday – August 25, 2012 : A Lamp Post?


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THIS LOOKS LIKE A LAMP POST

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Sometimes, even behind their back…

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Six Word Saturday – August 18, 2012 : ‘MAD’ guy


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DO YOU LIKE THIS MAD GUY?

I LOVE HIM SAYS MY NEIGHBOR.

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Six Word Saturday – August 11, 2012 : RESOURCES


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CHECK ALL RESOURCES BEFORE STARTING PROJECT

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Why this kolaveri kolaveri kolaveri di?


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Myself . By

 T.V. Antony Raj

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If you have not listened to the Tamil song “வொய் திஸ் கொலவெறி டி” (Transliteration: “Why This Kolaveri Di“) meaning “Why this murderous rage, lass?” then you must be an extra-terrestrial.

Anirudh Ravichander

This song was featured in the Tamil film titled “3”, that was released on March 30, 2012. Music director Anirudh Ravichander composed the music in just 10 minutes and young actor Dhanush who sang this song wrote the lyrics, in about 20 minutes by fiddling and twiddling with Tanglish words.

The musical instruments used in this song are western saxophone, acoustic guitar, electronic keyboards, synthesizers, indigenous south Indian instruments such as nadaswaram, urumee, thavilvil, and north Indian shehnai. The singing is in the style of Tamil folk songs.

The song was officially released on November 16, 2011. It instantly became viralon social networking sites. The song was well received not only by Tamils but also by others who do not know Tamil. Why? Because of the catchy tune and lyrics containing Tanglish words.

The song “Kolaveri Di” became an  internet phenomenon. Within a week after the official release of the video, it received more than 3.5 million views on YouTube, and more than 1 million shares on Facebook. Up to November 30, 2011 it had more than 10.5 million views on YouTube. By the end of 2011, the number of YouTube views crossed 30 million.

The song’s universal theme of failure in love combined with unique yet nonsensical lyrics and captivating music has spawned hundreds of imitations and political parodies.

In the movie this song is sung by the hero in an inebriated state, after having been ditched by the heroine. Many lines in the song are just utter nonsense.

Lyrics:

yo boys i am singing song
soup song
flop song
why this kolaveri kolaveri kolaveri di
why this kolaveri kolaveri kolaveri di
rhythm correct
why this kolaveri kolaveri kolaveri di
maintain this
why this kolaveri..di
distance la moon-u moon-u
moon-u color-u white-u
white background night-u nigth-u
night-u color-u black-u
why this kolaveri kolaveri kolaveri di
why this kolaveri kolaveri kolaveri di
white skin-u girl-u girl-u
girl-u heart-u black-u
eyes-u eyes-u meet-u meet-u
my future dark
http://www.laughingbug.com
why this kolaveri kolaveri kolaveri di
why this kolaveri kolaveri kolaveri di
maama notes eduthuko
apdiye kaila sax eduthuko
pa pa paan pa pa paan pa pa paa pa pa paan
sariya vaasi
super maama ready
ready 1 2 3 4
whaa wat a change over maama
ok maama now tune change-u
kaila glass
only english..
hand la glass
glass la scotch
eyes-u full-aa tear-u
empty life-u
girl-u come-u
life reverse gear-u
lovvu lovvu
oh my lovvu
you showed me bouv-u
cow-u cow-u holi cow-u
i want u hear now-u
god i m dying now-u
she is happy how-u

this song for soup boys-u
we dont have choice-u
why this kolaveri kolaveri kolaveri di
why this kolaveri kolaveri kolaveri di
why this kolaveri kolaveri kolaveri di
why this kolaveri kolaveri kolaveri di

Below I have embedded two videos that impressed me.

Video #1

This video uploaded by sonymusicindiaSME on Nov 16, 2011 is an exclusive video shot during the recording of the song with the music composer Anirudh Ravichander, actors Dhanush, Shruti Hassan, director of the movie Aishwarya and sound engineer Sivakumar.

Video #2

This is the official video of the super hit song ‘Why This Kolaveri Di’ from the movie “3” featuring Dhanush. This was also uploaded by sonymusicindiaSME on Apr 10, 2012.