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By Thomas Merton

ISBN-10: 0824514947

ISBN-13: 9780824514945

This e-book is a chain of Thomas Merton's most crucial writings on peace, racial concerns and non-violence. on peace, racial matters, and non-violence.Essentail studying.

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It is not morally licit for us as a nation to refuse the risk merely because our whole economy now depends on this war-effort. On the contrary, our na­ tional reliance on this substantial source of income and profit hardly qualifies as Christian. Equally important, and perhaps even more difficult than disarma­ ment, is the restoration of some moral sense and the resumption of genuine responsibility. Without this it is illusory for us to speak of freedom and "control. " Unfortunately, even where moral principles are still regarded with some degree of respect, morality has lost touch with the realities of our situation.

When I pray for peace I pray to be protected not only from the Reds but also from the folly and blindness of my own country. When I pray for peace, I pray not only that the enemies of my country may cease to want war, but above all that my own country will cease to do the things that make war inevitable. In other words, when I pray for peace I am not just praying that the Russians will give up without a struggle and let us have our own way. I am praying that both we and the Russians may somehow be restored to sanity and learn how to work out our prob­ lems, as best we can, together instead of preparing for global suicide.

26 · PASS I O N F O R P E A C E There i s another and very grave aspect of the present problem. I t is a purely practical and political aspect. What is going to happen to this country if it is suddenly attacked and all the citizens fly into a panic and start shooting each other up? Not only is this a very serious and actual danger, but it is undoubtedly an important part in the well­ calculated policy of Communism. Why do you suppose Khrushchev has given world-wide publicity to his crescendo of nuclear tests?

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