Thomas Merton on World Peace

Inspired by Jamie Smith over at his reading blog, I’ve started into Thomas Merton’s The Seven Storey Mountain, the now-classic story of his conversion and entry into a Trappist monastery. Here’s a wonderful bit from his reflection on time spent in public school:

Is it any wonder that there can be no peace in a world where everything possible is done to guarantee that the youth of every nation will grow up absolutely without moral and religious discipline, and without the shadow of an interior life, or of that spirituality and charity and faith which alone can safeguard the treaties and agreements made by governments? [(Harcourt & Brace, 1948), 51.]