Explorers

This quotation from Thomas Merton in  Wisdom of the Desert is a fitting commentary on Columbus and the other “explorers”:

“What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it all the rest are not only useless but disastrous.

“Proof: the great travelers and colonizers of the Renaissance were, for the most part, men who perhaps were capable of the things they did precisely because they were alienated from themselves. In subjugating primitive worlds, they only imposed on them, with the force of cannons, their own confusion and their own alienation.”

 

 

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One response to “Explorers

  1. This attitude did not end with Columbus either, John. It continued with European colonization of Africa and the Americas in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Then we have our own country’s forays into the
    Middle East especially.

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