Before I’ll be going to bed tonight, I’m going to get some of this Himalayan incense one of Pádraig’s friends left here the other night. I’m going to get the thread he left, dip it into a bit of oil, fill the little stand with oil and light the home-made wick. I’m going to switch off the lights, sit down on the floor, make myself comfortable, breathe, and try to listen to my body. I’m going to think about nothing. I’m not going to remember how it was. I’m not going to imagine how it all could have been or will be. I’ll be sitting there for a few minutes and time will not matter. Nor will anything else going on in the world.

I found a quote by Nietzsche who said “Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster… for when you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” Meaning that it is easy to look at another person and think of their actions as immoral and it is easy to damn them, but how often do we damn ourselves for our immoral behavior? Its very easy to be a hypocrite but very hard to solve the hypocrisy within ourselves.

Translated to our situation this means: we better start changing things ourselves rather than just criticising others for not doing it.

Thursday is the day Pádraig’s friends come for a visit. They take turns. But some always show up. They’re not fighting monsters, they’re doing what needs to be done themselves. They’re not passing on responsibility for world peace to others. They know they are responsible for their life and that of their loved ones.