Selfishness and Peace

An ethic of barely disguised selfishness is no longer a Christian ethic. Nor can we afford to raise this to the national level and assume that the world will adjust itself if every nation seeks its own advantage before everything else. On the contrary, we are obliged to widen our horizons and to recognize our responsibility to build an international community in which the right of all nations and other groups will be respected and guaranteed. We cannot expect a peaceful world society to emerge all by itself from the turmoil of a ruthless power struggle – we have to work, sacrifice and cooperate to lay the foundations on which future generations may build a stable and peaceful international community. Every Christian is involved in this task, and consequently every Christian is obliged to seek information and form his conscience so that he may be able to contribute his own share of intelligent political action toward this end.

pink-peace-cranePardon another Merton quote, this one from Peace in the Post-Christian Era.

And since I have to get to choir practice, this will be the last post for peace until later tonight.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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2 Responses to Selfishness and Peace

  1. Jim McCrea says:

    “Every person must decide whether to walk in the light of creative altruism or the darkness of selfishness. This is the judgment. Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?” (Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)

  2. Jim McCrea says:

    “We all have the strength to endure the misfortune of others.” (Francois De La Rochefoucauld)

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