October 6, 2019

    Ghandi recognized, as no other world leader of our time has done, the necessity to be from from the pressures, the exorbitant and tyrannical demands of a society that is violent because it is essential greedy, lustful, and cruel.

    He recognized the impossibility of being a peaceful and nonviolent man, if one submits passively to the insatiable requirements of a society maddened by overstimulation and obsessed with demons of noise, voyeurism, and speed.

    Gandhi believed that the central problem of our time was the acceptance or the rejection of a basic law of love and truth which had been made knows to the world in traditional religions.

    His whole, his political action, finally even his death, were nothing but a witness to this commitment: “If love is not the law of our being, the whole of my argument falls to pieces.”

    -Thomas Merton, Seeds of Destruction


    The most inward and loving of all,

    he came forth like a new beginning,

    the brown-robed brother [St. Francis] of your nightingales,

    with his wonder and good will

    and delight in Earth.

    Rilke, The Book of Hours III, 33


    This is the miracle of love: to discover that all creation is one, flung out into space.


    This is the principle of nonviolence, and I want to recommend it to you with all the enthusiasm I can command. . . .

    If human beings go to war, it is because they fear someone.

    Remove the fear, and you re-establish trust, and will have peace.

    Nonviolence means destroying fear.

    -Fr. Richard Rohr, Center for Action & Contemplation

    Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts… perhaps the fear of a loss of power.

    —John Steinbeck, The Short Reign of Pippin IV (1957)

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