Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Thomas Merton Quote of the Day

"If a man has to be pleasing to me, comforting, reassuring, before I can love him, then I cannot truly love him...

If he has to be black or white before I can love him, then I cannot love him. If he has to belong to my political party or my social group before I can love him, if he has to wear my kind of uniform, then my love is no longer love because it is not free: it is dictated by something outside myself.

I love his label which confirms me in attachment to my own label. But in that case, I do not even love myself. I value myself not for what I am, but for my label, my classification."

- The Good Samaritan

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