Is it the absence of war, only, that we desire?
We could have that and still be exploited – or we, ourselves, still exploit.
If we strive for peace in our own lives such that we are no longer confronted with, or concerned about, the troubles of the world, have we, after all, attained anything tangible, anything lasting, anything at all?
Aren’t we simply more likely, then, to become concerned only with trifles – or, worse yet, our competing and all-consuming idols (our “animal appetites”).
These are some questions that came to mind this morning with these words of Thomas Merton:
To some men peace merely means the liberty to exploit other people without fear of retaliation or interference. To others peace means the freedom to rob others without interruption.
To still others it means the leisure to devour the goods of the earth without being compelled to interrupt their pleasures to feed those whom their greed is starving