Choose Your Illusion: A Review of Every Cradle is a Grave

The Reactivity Place


It was very hard for me to read Sarah Perry’s Every Cradle is a Grave: Rethinking the Ethics of Birth and Suicide (Nine Banded Books, 2014). She is, first of all, one of the brightest minds within the nascent neoreaction. Her thought-provoking scientific research on sacredness, beauty, group belonging, and suffering is top notch. Moreover, her writing on such topics is always coupled with humility, wonder and a deep appreciation for the human condition?an approach that seems strikingly like the Christian Humanism of Chesterton or St. Terese of Lisieux. Her work has been positively inspiring, and, perhaps ironically (especially after you read the punch line) increased my Catholic faith.

Why so difficult then? Not because the book is not well written or difficult to digest. It is supremely well written, and the average college graduate will be able to read and understand it, and would probably benefit greatly by doing…

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