Wednesday, August 17, 2011

sometimes i only know the questions not the answers

The important thing about protest is not so much the short-range possibility of changing the direction of policies, but the longer range aim of helping everyone gain an entirely new attitude toward war. Far from doing this, much current protest simply reinforces the old positions by driving the adversary back into the familiar and secure mythology of force. Hence the strong 'patriotic' reaction against protests in the United States. How can one protest against war without implicitly and indirectly contributing to the war mentality?

Thomas Merton

New Seeds of Contemplation

Time for a new way of thinking and seeing. In one of my all time favorite books, Mr. God This Is Anna, Anna says God has "viewing points," not points of view.

Standing in a new place gives us a new viewing point. I don't know the answer, but this may contribute to the process.

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