Monday, March 12, 2012
What to read for today.
Chapter 16: The Root of War is Fear
Questions for your personal reflection.
How comfortable are you with Merton’s notion that individually and collectively we are all a “mysterious, unaccountable mixture of good and evil”? Do you accept the proposition that we are all responsible for the ethical and political problems of the world?
Sharing with others: What caught your attention or provoked your thinking today?
Many years ago I heard Henri Nouwen give a sermon where he said, “We are all responsible for war.” I didn’t get it at the time. In this chapter Merton is saying the same thing as Nouwen: when we look honestly, we have to see that we all exhibit attitudes and behaviours that contribute to war, even if we go about our business at home or on a local basis. I don’t think this is far fetched. It’s about shared responsibility. As long as I can point to someone else or invoke the assistance of a powerful deity, I don’t have to actually do anything and that’s a comfortable position to be in.
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