In lieu of an abstract, below is the essay's first paragraph.
"In a wry moment Wordsworth remarked that "the child is father to the man." The insight which he meant to convey was that by some undesired mental growth we have the nasty habit of losing our youthful joy, acceptance and wonder. The process of maturation jades our vision; the awful sense of loneliness, of isolation from our environment, enters and warps all hope, banishes all our better dreams. In this era, "of new inventions, for killing bodies and for saving souls, all propagated with best intentions," we find it hard to view with delight any spontaneous action, to deal kindly with the joyous man who is probably blind; and are forever conscious of the pall of gloom that hangs over happiness."
"Chesterton: The Youthful Joy,"
The Angle: Vol. 1959
, Article 9.
Available at: http://fisherpub.sjfc.edu/angle/vol1959/iss1/9