Don’t take down the Chesterton Fence until you’ve figured out why it exists. Chesterton said it. JFK loved it. Every conservative today uses it in their fight against radical reform. There’s a compelling simplicity and calmness about the wisdom in this parable. Cool minds, rational thought, and deliberate action are all virtues we admire in our Zen teachers, marathon-running tortoises, protagonists of annoying Sprite ads, and people who don’t hastily kill heroic mongooses that are bloody from fighting the murderous cobra about to harm the sleeping child. We are a visceral, reactive species and it takes…