måndag, april 12, 2010

Merton om lidande

"Indeed, the truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering, the more you suffer, because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you, in proportion to your fear of being hurt. The one who does most to avoid suffering is, in the end, the one who suffers most: and his suffering comes to him from things so little and so trivial that one can say that it is no longer objective at all. It is his own existence, his own being, that is at once the subject and the source of his pain, and his very existence and consciousness is his greatest torture."

~ Thomas Merton, The Seven Storey Mountain, p. 91
Kanske är det i ljuset av ovanstående man skall se på västvärldens så kallade I-landsproblem ...

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