Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Cost of Peace

'Of course, let us have peace,' we cry, 'but at the same time let us have normalcy, let us lose nothing, let our lives stand intact, let us know neither prison nor ill repute nor disruption of ties....' There is no peace because there are no peacemakers. There are no makers of peace because the making of peace is at least as costly as the making of war--at least as exigent, at least as disruptive, at least as liable to bring disgrace and prison and death in its wake. --Daniel Berrigan

Source: No Bars to Manhood

1 comment:

John Franklin Hay said...

I have never before seen this statement from Daniel. It's consistent, though, with what Stanley Hauerwas says regarding the cost of peace and why it is only weakly pursued--even by the church and the few within the church who actually pursue it. Berrigan and his friends, however, seem to have counted the cost and figured it was a good investment.