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Activism and Overwork: Contemporary Idealist Violence

I went to a peace activism seminar today, and this quote was passed out. It struck me deeply.

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

I will come back to this post to expound.

In the meantime, I will continue to ponder these words in my relationship to my work in ALC’s and other activism I commit myself to. I invite you to ponder with me.

love, sheep, and playful neighbors,


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