How can we find peace?

some thoughts by Thomas Merton (from the book Choosing to Love the World)…

We prescribe for one another remedies that will bring us peace of mind, and we are still devoured by anxiety.  We evolve plans for disarmament and for the peace of nations, and our plans only change the manner and method of aggression.  The rich have everything they want but happiness, and the poor are sacrificed to the unhappiness of the rich.  Dictatorships use their secret police to crush millions under an intolerable burden of lies, injustice and tyranny, and those who still live in democracies have forgotten how to make good use of their liberty.  For liberty is a thing of the spirit, and we are no longer able to live for anything but our bodies.  How can we find peace, true peace, if we forget that we are not machines for making and spending money, but spiritual beings, sons and daughters of the most high God?

I’ll not be able to improve upon that…


2 thoughts on “How can we find peace?

  1. Maybe there is no true peace… I’ve had the worst, most stressful week of my banking life. But if I put this in the context of my years as a warehouse manager, every day was like this week. The only difference now it that I work 45-50 hours per week instead of 60-70. I heard a caller on a conservative talk show discussing the Arizona law. The caller was Hispanic and very upset at illegal immigrants because he came to the US legally. He did everything correctly to immigrate here. He was excited about taking classes and hoping to become a US citizen. Here’s what the host said, “you will have a much greater appreciation for the freedoms and liberties than 99% of the people who were born here.” I thought to myself, wow! How comfortable have I gotten that someone not from here has a greater appreciation for the US than I do?? I know, I’ve chased a rabbit, but I don’t think there is a remedy for true peace. For me, it’s probably a choice.

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