teh reason for teh season
The peace we seek cannot be our personal possession. We need to find an inner peace which makes it possible for us to become one with those who suffer, and to do something to help our brothers and sisters, which is to say, ourselves. I know many young people who are aware of the real situation of the world and who are filled with compassion. They refuse to hide themselves in artificial peace, and they engage the world in order to change society. They know what they want, yet after a period of involvement they become discouraged. Why? It is because they lack deep, inner peace, the kind of peace they can take with them into their life of action. Our strength is not in weapons, money, or power. Or strength is in our peace, the peace within us. This peace makes us indestructible. We must have peace while taking care of those love and those we want to protect.
--- Thich Nhat Hanh, "The Sun My Heart"