segunda-feira, 7 de outubro de 2013

The paradoxical opression

Amid torture and opression poverty (were) people living in gratitude and peace. I found less fear than in those living in countries such as ours, where so many possess so much. And I suddenly realized another aspect of opression - the opression not simply of the poor and downtrodden,but the paradoxical opression of the ones in power. For the other side of the poverty of the nations of the South is the fear and guilt and loneliness of the North. The suffering of affluent countries such as ours - our anxiousness and loneliness - comes as a hidden consequence of our ignoring those who are less fortunate. It accompanies our unjust extravagance.
(Henri Nouwen)

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