Merton on Arnold – on community

“…what really starts fighting is possessions. And people get into fights by preferring things to people. This is well developed in Christian theology, and therefore for us, the importance of detachment from things, the importance of poverty, is that we are supposed to be free from things that we might prefer to people. You can extend that to any limits you like – wherever things have become more important than people, we are in trouble.”

Thomas Merton in an interpretive talk on Arnold’s ‘Why we live in community’ available as a free ebook download from Plough.

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