A Certain Kind of Peace

I meant to post this for black history month, but Morrison belongs in any month, really.

There is a certain kind of peace that is not merely the absence of war.  It is larger than that.  The peace I am thinking of is not at the mercy of history’s rule, nor is it a passive surrender to the status quo.  The peace I am thinking of is the dance of an open mind when it engages another equally open one – an activity that occurs most naturally, most often in the reading/writing world we live in.  Accessible as it is, this particular kind of peace warrants vigilance.

— Toni Morrison, The Dancing Mind (Knopf, 1996)