rush /\ pressure

“There is a pervasive form of contemporary violence to which the idealist 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 demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence. The frenzy of our activism neutralizes our work for peace. It destroys our own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of our own work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful.

Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander

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  1. ahauge-bacon1233@charter.net says:

    Hi: I like the Merton quote a lot, and am going to copy it so I can share it with Pat Bacon,

    and other friends at our church discussion group. We have discussed “what to do” about

    local issues with discrimination, for example, against Muslims; and tried to focus on effective

    responses.

    I hope you are doing well, healing, staying strong. Thanks for helping your mom with classes at school

    in her absence. And helping in general while you are home. I hope your return to college will go smoothly

    and you will enjoy your concluding semester.

    Love,

    Gramma

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