If you can’t find it here, where will you go?
He who wherever he goes is attached to no person and to no place by ties of flesh; who accepts good and evil alike, neither welcoming the one nor shrinking from the other take it that such a one has attained Perfection….
I am convinced of the sickness of American affluent society. To bless that sickness as a “temporal value” is something I absolutely refuse to do. Love of “the world” in this case means understanding and love of the millions of people afflicted by the sickness and suffering from it in various ways; compassion for them, desire to liberate them from their obsessions (how can anyone do it? We are all afflicted), to give them some measure of sanity and authenticity.
The error is in rejecting the sick and condemning them along with the sickness.
–Thomas Merton. A Search for Solitude. Lawrence S. Cunningham, editor. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1996: 198.
Thought for the Day:
The only right way: to love and serve the man of the modern world, but not simply to succumb, with him, to all his illusions about the world.
“To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.“