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We stand together to denounce the shame & imposture of all such calculations.

Thomas Merton’s, Raids on the Unspeakable, written at the height of the war in Viet Nam and Civil Rights summer, is worth returning to in order to remind how other Americans have lived through times of darkness and deception:

“[There are those who] contrive to break, to humiliate & to destroy the spirit of others. In such a situation, there is no joy, only rage. Each man [and woman] feels the deepest root [of her or] his being poisoned by suspicion, unbelief & hate…

We stand together to denounce the shame & imposture of all such calculations. If we are to remain united against these falsehoods, against all powers that poisons [humankind], that poisons man & subjects him to the mystifications of bureaucracy, commerce & the political state, we must refuse the price tag…we must reject classification…we must not allow ourselves to be pitted against one another…We [must] believe that our future will be made of love & hope, not by violence or calculation. The Sprit of Life that has brought us together, whether in space or only in agreement, will make our encounter an epiphany of certainties we could not know in isolation.”

-Brother Coyote

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