9 October 2012
Thomas Merton Essay
“God has willed that we should all depend on one another for our salvation, and all strive together for our own mutual good and our own common salvation” (Cunningham 64).
Thomas Merton started out as a common man, born in 1915 to two artist parents and was the sibling of one brother. At the age of six, Merton’s mother died, and a decade later his father passed as well. Merton received his education at boarding schools and was often away from the rest of his family for the main period of his out of lessons. Before becoming known as the, “Spiritual Master”, Merton lived a pretty regular life within his college career but something was always nagging him that of which was the need for a realization of a deeper understanding. Because of this want for realization Thomas Merton was able to let himself become influenced by mysticism which made him as strong of an example of having a deeper understanding and knowing more than what is in books, by having a deeper appreciation for everything.
Thomas Merton was not some prophet that was sent straight from heaven, like the common human Merton made mistakes that led him to growing spiritually and living a better life. During his life there were influences that helped him thrive in his spiritual life one of which was his friend Robert Lax, another which was asceticism and two more which was a book called Poem’s by William Blake, and Scholastic Philosophy. These four influences played a part in who Thomas Merton became in life and helped him with the understanding of life. Three influences that have helped me with my life and helped me understand who I am, and what the reason behind life is, is my step-grandfather, my first time to youth camp, and my parents.
Two of Thomas Merton’s main influences out of the four were asceticism and Scholastic philosophy. Asceticism was described from Merton as, “a complete revolution in his [my] mind” (72)....