Spiral of Violence by Dom Helder Camara

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Compromise? Here lies a real danger. T o the degree in which the compromise all around you is broad and tempting, the struggle to be undertaken is more arduous. And compromise is a siren ready to seduce you. Your position with regard to religion and God depends to a great extent on our attitude and our response to life. —to faith. And now I have a question to ask you, 80 precisely because I know that we have all a world in common, even if you disagree with me and consider me a dreamer and a fool.

I know your sincerity and I respect your choice. Leave no-one indifferent around you. Provoke discussions. Your youth must force people to think and take up a position: let it be uncomfortable, like truth, demanding, like justice. Help Action for Justice and Peace: support it, challenge it, discuss it. You may be surprised to find yourselves helping the Abrahamic minorities, enabling them to assert themselves and to act. 82 This is my appeal. Bring me your warmth and your friendship. With you 1 must remain young in soul, keep the hope and love I need to help all men, our brothers.

T h e important thing now is not to agree with its positions, but to discuss them. I have no need to ask you for sincerity (you abhor hypocrisy and lies). I ask you to challenge facts with facts, arguments with arguments. I ask you to bring new points of view or new perspectives. If I know you as well as I think I do, we are in agreement on our way of looking at this world which is groaning with injustices. And injustice is for you violence No. 1. You will agree in recognising that, in general, youth is losing patience and slipping into radical action and armed violence.

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