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• "Real and False Selves" distinguishes between ...
• "Real and False Selves" distinguishes between our real selves, a deep religious mystery known entirely only to God, and the identities we take on in order to function in society.
• "The World We Live In" provides a spiritual context to modern life, moving from a stark rejection of its empty promises to a deep compassion for its tragic limitations.
• "Antidotes to Illusion" reflects on contemplative practices that can serve as the allies of our "real selves" in the battle against illusion: silence, solitude, meditation, prayer, charity, and faith.
• "Love in Action" explores the role of the contemplative in the modern age and the challenges and pitfalls of living a life of active love.
Merton's startling critique of a society driven by technology and rampant acquisition, the politics of "good versus evil," and the self-deluding complacency of the spiritual "lifestyle" demonstrate beyond doubt that his writings are as urgent today as they were in his lifetime.
|Pt. 1||Real and False Selves||1|
|Pt. 2||The World we Live in||25|
|The Technological Imperative||43|
|Events and Pseudo-Events||49|
|Pt. 3||Antidotes to Illusion||57|
|Prayer, Meditation, Contemplation||75|
|Pt. 4||Love in Action||127|
|Toward a Theology of Love||129|
|Books and Tapes by and about Thomas Merton||159|
|Sources and Abbreviations||163|