Monday, July 11, 2005


A friend of mine, known online as morfeus-x hacker-deity, but Su in other circles, sent me this quote:

"There is a pervasive form of contemporary violence to which the idealist fighting for peace by nonviolent methods most easily succumbs: activism and overwork. The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything is to succumb to violence. More than that, it is cooperation in violence. The frenzy of the activist neutralizes one’s work for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of one’s work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful." – Thomas Merton

1 comment:

nanana said...

Wow, thanks for this quotation. I am going to send it to lots of others who feel as I do-- overwhelmed.
Interesting way to look at the "victory of violence" that trying to fight it in its many manifestations is giving in, giving power away. And of course, it is true.
Not an excuse not to care, but a thoughtful response.