Oblate Program at Belmont Abbey, NC

Living with Progress



It does us no good to make fantastic progress if we do not know how to live with it, if we cannot make good use of it and if, in fact, our technology becomes nothing more than an expensive and complicated way of cultural disintegration. It is bad form to say such things, to recognize such possibilities. But they are possibilities, and they are not often intelligently taken into account. People get emo­tional about them from time to time, and then try to sweep them aside into forgetfulness. The fact remains that we have created for ourselves a culture which is not yet livable for mankind as a whole.

Thomas Merton, OCSO
Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, p. 60


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