Sunday, March 9, 2008

flight from the world

"There is only one true flight from the world; it is not an escape from conflict, anguish and suffering, but the flight from disunity and separation, to unity and peace in the love of other men."


1 comment:

  1. Thank you for bringing this book back to me. It's been 25 years since I read it. It was the 2nd book I read by Merton, and the first to plant the seed that I might, some day, become a Christian.

    Mr. Skank has told me for years that the "short cut to enlightenment is the path of morality." The reason why he's had to repeat it to me is because I tended toward the nouveau New Aeon esoteric- "this is the space age and we are here to go" (out of our bodies, out of time/space limitations) in which technique tends to take presidence.

    It was a bit of a shock when I read Edith Stein's words about how there was growing in western culture a belief that "nothing is true, everything is permitted." These are the exact words that have become the principal tenet for the group I just described.

    If I veered of topic again, forgive me. It is an unfortunate tendency of "5's" on the enneagram to reference everything to find patterns.


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