The Roots of War (Thich Naht Hanh)
What are the roots of negativity? Can we get ahead of that process and release these tendencies before they take us over? One of the world’s greatest mindfulness masters says that we can.
“We are always trying to fill our void with something. Some people even do social or political work this way. But doing this only makes us less satisfied, hungrier, and we want to consume more. We feel alienated from ourselves. There is so much anger and fear in us, and we want to suppress them, so we consume more and more things that only increase the level of toxicity in us. We watch films filled with screaming and violence. We read magazines and novels filled with hatred and confusion. We do not even have the courage to turn off our TV, because we are afraid to go back to ourselves….”