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Simone Weil

Love in the Void

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    nothing is more necessary for academic success, because, despite all our efforts, we work without making much progress when we refuse to give our attention to the faults we have made and our tutor’s corrections
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    Students must therefore work without any wish to gain good marks, to pass examinations, to win school successes; without any reference to their natural abilities and tastes; applying themselves equally to all their tasks, with the idea that each one will help to form in them the habit of that attention which is the substance of prayer.
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    our deep purpose should aim solely at increasing the power of attention with a view to prayer; as, when we write, we draw the shape of the letter on paper, not with a view to the shape, but with a view to the idea we want to express
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    While others have used music and poetry to convey this discovery, Weil expressed it through a life of self-denial.
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    She wanted nothing about herself–in her life or in her writings–to distract from her role as witness.
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    “We do not obtain the most precious gifts by going in search of them but by waiting for them.”
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    Susan Sontag writes, “No one who loves life would wish to imitate her dedication to martyrdom nor would wish it for his children nor for anyone else whom he loves.”
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    If we have no aptitude or natural taste for geometry, this does not mean that our faculty for attention will not be developed by wrestling with a problem or studying a theorem.
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    she took up the cause of the workers, writing articles for leftist journals, marching and picketing, donating most of her salary to the purchase of books to be used in workers’ study circles, and providing free lessons to all comers
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    She embraced the spirit of poverty and “always believed and hoped that one day Fate would force upon [her] the condition of a vagabond and a beggar.”
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    Weil says that in the factory, she “received forever the mark of a slave” and “since then, I have always regarded myself as a slave.”
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    “As I worked in the factory,” she writes in her spiritual autobiography, “indistinguishable to all eyes, including my own, from the anonymous mass, the affliction of others entered into my flesh and my soul. Nothing separated me from it, for I had really forgotten my past and I looked forward to no future, finding it difficult to imagine the possibility of surviving all the fatigue.”
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    She acknowledged the need for the church as a social structure if it were going to exist in the world at all, but could never regard participation in it as anything other than a compromise with her own spiritual vocation.
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    She feared the collective enthusiasm of Christians, noting that it had blinded even saints on occasion–an egregious example being those who approved of the Crusades.
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    she would be highly susceptible to the emotion of “church patriotism,” going so far as to say that “if at this moment I had before me a group of twenty young Germans singing Nazi songs in chorus, a part of my soul would instantly become Nazi.”
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    The attending physician declared her death a suicide, but in the context of her whole life’s journey, we can say that she died of an excess of love.
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    The equally atheistic literary critic Susan Sontag, writing in the New York Review of Books in 1963, allowed that Weil was fanatically ascetical and given to “noble and ridiculous political gestures” but confessed that she was “moved” and “nourished” by Weil’s “seriousness.”
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    Simone de Beauvoir, a classmate of Weil’s at university, says that when she heard that Weil had burst into tears on hearing about a famine in China, she envied her for having “a heart that could beat right across the world.”
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    Reportedly, her students at both schools loved her, but in each place, Weil was dismissed after only one year.
    Fernanda Monsalvo Basalduacompartió una citahace 6 meses
    From this point of view it is perhaps even more useful to contemplate our stupidity than our sin
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