The Wisdom of the Desert

Thomas Merton: The Wisdom of the Desert...

"The flight of these men (The Desert Fathers) to the desert was neither purely negative nor purely individualistic. They were not rebels against society. True, they were in a certain sense "anarchists", and it will do no harm to think of them in that light. They were men who did not believe in letting themselves be passively guided and ruled by a decadent state, and who believed that there was a way of getting along without slavish dependence on accepted, conventional values..."

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