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Thank you for your article. It was good to remember that we can all do something even if we can’t do everything to save the world from so much unnecessary suffering. It is so important to keep in mind that when we cultivate peace within ourselves, we are then able to carry that out into our activism wherever we are taken. To do otherwise is to lose hope when we realize how overwhelming are the needs of the world. Your article reminded of this quote from Thomas Merton “There is a pe...

Thank you for your article. It was good to remember that we can all do something even if we can’t do everything to save the world from so much unnecessary suffering. It is so important to keep in mind that when we cultivate peace within ourselves, we are then able to carry that out into our activism wherever we are taken. To do otherwise is to lose hope when we realize how overwhelming are the needs of the world. Your article reminded of this quote from Thomas Merton “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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