Extracts from a Thomas Merton essay,
“We Have to Make Ourselves Heard,”
first published in the June 1962 issue
of The Catholic Worker
It would be legitimate and even obligatory for all sane and conscientious people everywhere in the world to lay down their weapons and their tools and starve and be shot rather than cooperate in the war effort. If such a mass movement should spontaneously arise in parts of the world, in Russia and America, in China and in France, in Africa and in Germany, the human race could be saved from extinction….