A bit I read today…
When a journalist asked Thomas Merton to diagnose the leading spiritual disease of our time, the monk gave a curious one-word answer: Efficiency.
“From the monastery to the Pentagon, the plant has to run… and there is little time or energy left over after that to do anything else.”
A part of me feels what he’s describing. Another part of me says, “Yeah, but what do you suggest?” A third part of me just says, “Jay, take this much to heart–make sure you spend yourself on what you deem most worthwhile. If you don’t, how you get spent will be determined by forces outside of yourself. And these forces are not likely to care whether they’re lining up with your Maker’s wishes for your life or not. You’ll have to exercise that control yourself.”
Any part of you responding to Mr. Merton?