bobby1933 (bobby1933) wrote,

The Late Thomas Merton On Love And Hate

"So, instead of loving what you think is peace,
love others.
And love God above all.
And, instead of hating the people you think are warmongers,
hate the appetite
and the disorder
in your own soul,
which are the causes of war.
If you love peace,
then hate injustice,
hate tyranny,
hate greed --
But hate these things in yourself,
not in another.

Thomas Merton
(Quoted in the June-July 2013 Catholic Worker newspaper)

I love this except for one line which is not an honest expression of the way i think and feel.
That line is: ",,,which are the causes of war."
Soldiers know that they must be taught to kill reliably and on cue.
This is a very difficult task for instructors.
They could not do it unless backed up
by Organization,
by Patriotism,
by Propaganda, and especially,
by The State.
All soldiers are taught to believe that the people wearing uniforms like theirs
are the good guys.
and people wearing other uniforms
(or maybe no uniform at all)
are the bad guys.
Peaceable people can be taught to kill
But it is not easy to kill people you don't hate,
So peaceable people can become hateful
And other peaceable people can become hated.
Tags: catholic worker, gnosis and agnosis, love, meditation, peace, violence, war, words
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