Do Merton’s Observations on American Myth and Frontiers Apply Today?

 Asher B. Durand (American, 1796-1886). The First Harvest in the Wilderness, 1855. Brooklyn Museum.

Thomas Merton proposed in his 1965 book Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander that a widely accepted U.S. myth was that “America is the earthly paradise.”

“When a myth becomes a daydream, it is judged, found wanting, and must be discarded. To cling to it when it has lost its creative function is to condemn oneself to mental illness,” Merton wrote.

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Posted on August 15, 2022, in Community, Culture, Discipleship, Faith, Myth, Seeker, Social Responsibility, Spirituality, Thomas Merton and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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