23 June 2010

'Someone in whom a few of the favourite daydreams of the public have come true' : T. Merton

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"People are constantly trying to use you to help them create the particular illusions by which they live.  This is particularly true of the collective illusions which sometimes are accepted as ideologies. You must renounce and sacrifice the approval that is only a bribe enlisting your support of a collective illusion. You must not allow yourself to be represented as someone in whom a few of the favorite daydreams of the public have come true. You must be willing, if necessary, to become a disturbing and therefore an undesired person, one who is not wanted because he upsets the general dream. But be careful that you do not do this in the service of some other dream that is only a little less general and therefore seems to you the more real because it is more exclusive ! (GGB 83)"


Merton, Thomas . "Solitude." The Pocket Thomas Merton (New Seeds Pocket Classics). Boston & London: New Seeds, 2005. 79. Print. 


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