Monday, May 09, 2016

From contemplation comes action

Something to mull over this week...

"What is the relation of [contemplation] to action? Simply this. He who attempts to act and do things for others or for the world without deepening his own self-understanding, freedom, integrity, and capacity to love, will not have anything to give others. He will communicate to them nothing but the contagion of his own obsessions, his aggressiveness, his ego-centered ambitions, his delusions about ends and means, his doctrinaire prejudices and ideas. There is nothing more tragic in the modern world than the misuse of power and action."

  --Thomas Merton via Richard Rohr

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Any particular book this is in?

Gordon said...

prob seeds of contemplation