Thomas Merton On Being ‘TAINTED WITH POISON’
~ photo and poem by Thomas Merton ~
We must be wary of ourselves when the worst that is in people becomes objectified in society,
approved, acclaimed and deified,
when hatred becomes patriotism and murder a holy duty,
when spying and delation are called love of truth and the stool pigeon is a public benefactor,
when the gnawing and prurient resentments of frustrated bureaucrats
become the conscience of the people and the gangster is enthroned in power,
then we must fear the voice of our own heart, even when it denounces them.
For are we not all tainted with the same poison?
~ from Emblems of a Season of Fury ~
Delation (meaning) – to inform, to accuse, to bring down
Thomas Merton with the Dalai Lama – photo credit unknown