In ‘Contemplation in a World of Action’ Merton…

In ‘Contemplation in a World of Action’, Merton quotes a Sufi scholar to emphasize the importance of crossing over into what he calls “transcultural maturity,” a place where all boundaries fall:

“The person who has attained integration is no longer limited by the culture in which he has grown up. ‘He has embraced all of life… He has experienced qualities of every type of life, ordinary human existence, intellectual life, artistic creation, human love, religious life. He passes beyond all these limited forms, while retaining all that is best and most universal in them, ‘finally giving birth to a fully comprehensive self.’ He accepts not only his own community, his own society, his own friends, his own culture, but all mankind. He does not remain bound to one limited set of values in such a way that he opposes them aggressively or defensively to others… With this view of life he is able to bring perspective, liberty and spontaneity into the lives of others.”

The finally integrated [human being] is a peacemaker, and that is why there is such a desperate need for our leaders to become such men of insight.

SOURCE http://mertonmovie.com/blog/2013/8/15/guest-post-why-the-time-is-right-for-the-divine-comedy-of-thomas-merton

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Author: Roger - Dr Roger Prentice

Now I write, teach & coach mainly about interfaith as inter-spirituality - and how we can grow closer to our True Self. . As anyone who knows anything about IPF will realize my energy is curtailed - so I am concentrating primarily on 'inter-spirituality'. . In the past I would have said that: . 1) I run courses and give talks at conferences and in universities and colleges in the UK, China, USA, Canada, Scandinavia etc. . 2) I provide materials, outlines and lessons for Schools. . 3) My range of interests include personal development, learning and teaching, photography and film, the arts generally, spirituality and educational practice and theory. . 4) At the same time I continue developing the human-centred studies SunWALK PDS (People Development System) - a whole-person, high-achievement model for individuals, and for use in, NGOs, schools and other organizations. . 5) The key question that continues to animate me and my work remains, "What is it to be fully and positively human?" . Contact me via onesummit AT gmail DOT com (replace At with@ etc.). . All good wishes Roger (Dr Roger Prentice) . For those interested; My first degree is in English and Education. My masters is in Adult and Community Education. My doctorate presented a new holistic meta-model of education called SunWALK.

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