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Seeds of Destruction
Seeds of Destruction
Thomas Merton (1915-1968) is one of the foremost spiritual thinkers of the twentieth century. Though he lived a mostly solitary existence as a Trappist monk, he had a dynamic impact on world affairs through his writing. An outspoken proponent of the antiwar and civil rights movements, he was both hailed as a prophet and castigated for his social criticism. He was also uniq ...more
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Published January 1st 1983 by Peter Smith Publisher
(first published 1961)
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"One of our most important tasks today is to clear the atmosphere so that [people] can understand their plight without hatred, without fury, without desperations, and with the minimum of good will. A humble and objective seriousness is necessary for the long task of restoring mutual confidence and preparing the way for the necessary work of collaboration in building world peace. This restoration of a climate of relative sanity is perhaps more important than specific decisions regarding the moral ...more
Wanting to learn more of Thomas Merton‘s action and writing on social justice, I picked up this book and struggled through it. His writing is very wordy and not in a style that I care for o find easy to digest. But the one section that I highly recommend for anyone working for a greater social justice in any time and place is Chapter III of part two, A Tribute to Gandhi. In this chapter it is obvious that Merton greatly admired Gandhi and felt him a very important person of his time.
Thomas Merton was one of the most influential Catholic authors of the 20th century. A Trappist monk of the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, in the American state of Kentucky, Merton was an acclaimed Catholic spiritual writer, poet, author and social activist. Merton wrote over 60 books, scores of essays and reviews, and is the ongoing subject of many biographies. Merton was also a proponent of int ...more
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