Douglas Steere

iuDouglas Steere remarks…that there is a pervasive form of contemporary violence to which the idealist fighting for peace by nonviolent methods most easily succumbs: activism….  The rush and pressure of modern life are…perhaps the most common form of its innate violence.  To allow onself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything is to succumb to violence.  More than that, it is cooperation in violence.  The frenzy of the activist neutralizes [their] work for peace.  It destroys [their] own inner capacity for peace.  It destroys the fruitfulness of [their] own work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which make work fruitful.

Conjectures Of A Guilty Bystander, Thomas Merton