I’ve heard it said by several people that the life of the activist and the life of the contemplative are mutually exclusive. If you try to both, you will lose your mind.
I’ve also heard it said that they must exist together; that the union between lived reflection and reflected living is the essence of spirituality.
Is it possible that to be spiritual is to lose your mind?
Myself, I am drawn to the contemplative life more than to the activist life; though if I were to be quite honest I would have to say that I do neither very well. I think I sense what I would have to abandon if I were to walk that road. And even though I sense what I would gain as well, it is not a cost I am willing to pay.