Has to be free from everyone else

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The poet has to be free from everyone else, and first of all from himself, because it is through this “self” that he is captured by others. Freedom is found under the dark tree that springs up in the center of the night and of silence, the paradise tree, the axis mundi, which is also the Cross.

- Thomas Merton, Dancing in the Water of Life: Seeking Peace in the Hermitage