I’ve never met anyone who said they didn’t want to have peace. Duh.
But, after reading the Holocaust biography of Etty Hillesum I realized that “peace” was not just nice to have, but also a moral duty to acquire. This quote helps me understand how my peace (or lack of it) spills out onto the world.
Obviously, the Holocaust or a shooting spree at a school doesn’t spring from a soul at peace. Likewise, it is important for me to recognize, when I live my life with a turbulent or troubled soul, no neighbor, relative, friend, or foe will be immune to negative repercussions from that state.
If Etty Hillesum could find and reclaim “large areas of peace” under the constant, horrific threat of death and deprivation, so can I.