To be thus the prisoner of one’s own selfhood…

“What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves?”

“Isolation in the self, inability to go out of oneself to others, would mean incapacity for any form of self-transcendence.  To be thus the prisoner of one’s own selfhood is, in fact, to be in hell…”

“Love demands a complete inner transformation – for without this we cannot possibly come to identify ourselves with our brother.  We have to become, in some sense, the person we love.  And this involves a kind of death of our own being, our own self.”

-Thomas Merton, The Wisdom of the Desert

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