Friday, October 01, 2004

Merton on Marilyn

Thomas Merton, Journal (IV, 240):

. . .the death was as much a symbol as the bomb – symbol of uselessness and of tragedy, of misused humanity.

He’s right of course: Monroe’s was a life wasted on glamour, sexiness, and frivolity. She stands as a lovely warning: Make good use of your human incarnation! Be in the flesh, but not of the flesh.