“With the World in My Bloodstream”: Thomas Merton’s Wisdom of Love
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Title“With the World in My Bloodstream”: Thomas Merton’s Wisdom of Love
AEDEAN 2008, 31: 869-880 ISBN-978-84-9749-278-2
[Abstract] This article is a meditation on one of the most significant poems by the American Trappist contemplative Thomas Merton (1915- 1968). Making use of a rich variety of metaphors and symbols taken from both Western and Eastern literary-religious traditions, in this piece of lyrics the poet recreates a political and poetical space wherein humanity could dream of new forms of consciousness and communal experience that might speak against the falsity of today´s sinful economies based on fear, hatred and ignorance. Within the context of a society ruled by giants or “spectres” without a centre, where truth is permanently being crucified on behalf of economic globalization, technological progress and particular interests, Merton writes this love letter to the world so as to make people realize that beyond the restrictions of a desiring and self-centered self, the Spirit of Love is always breathing to heal the brokenness of division, warfare, and collective illusion and to show the path to unbounded Life and authentic communion.