"A truthful man cannot long remain violent."
But a violent man cannot begin to look for the truth. To start with, he wants to rest assured that his enemy is violent, and that he himself is peaceful. For then his violence is justified.
How can he face the desperate labor of coming to recognize the great evil that needs to be healed in himself? It is much easier to set things right by seeing one's own evil incarnate in a scapegoat, and to destroy both the goat and the evil together.
- Thomas Merton, "Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander", pp. 84-85
About that healing ...
Pope Francis at Mass this morning (June 16, 2017): "God's power saves us from weakness & sin". In order to be saved and healed by God we must recognize that are weak, vulnerable and sinful like earthen vessels, said Pope Francis on Friday. Read more here.