Letter to a Young Activist

“Do not depend on the hope of results.  When you are doing the sort of work you have taken on, you may have to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even achieve no worth at all, if not perhaps, results opposite to what you expect.  As you get used to this idea, you start more and more to concentrate not on the results, but in the value, the rightness, the truth of the work itself.  And there, too, a great deal has to be gone through, as gradually you struggle less and less for an ideal, and more and more for specific people.  The range tends to narrow down, and it gets more real.  In the end, it is the reality of personal relationships that saves everything.”

-Thomas Merton

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