Overcommitment

To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything is to succumb to violence. More than that, it is cooperation in violence. The frenzy of the activist neutralises his work for peace. It destroys his own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of his own work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful.

Thomas Merton in Confessions of a Guilty Bystander

5 thoughts on “Overcommitment

  1. Yes. It’s a conundrum that the current that allows “oneself to be carried away” is presumably no more forceful than one that might carry us into a bit more stillness and silence. Thanks for the jog!

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