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03/26/2018

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I just have to read one or rwo lines of Simone Weil to remember how repulsive I find it

And I didn't even give you the really hard-to-take stuff about affliction.

Funny you should mention Weil -- Del Noce has a whole chapter on her in the "new" book, but he's looking at her philosophical work, not her "spirituality." Based on his recommendation I ordered The Need for Roots and the Selected Essays.

He argues that her thought offers a valuable critique of modernism, but that she died when she was at a fork in the road philosophically (or perhaps before she came to it), the one between Christianity and her Gnostic Platonism. Hence, he describes her work as more "itinerary" than "system," since it describes a prototypical modern intellectual path from atheism to Christianity, albeit a truncated form of the latter. I found his commentary on her to be very enlightening.

It's an eccentric form of Christianity to say the least, and she really needed the correction of orthodoxy. But there's a purity to some of her scattered remarks that is very powerful to me. I love that passage about the lovers. And the last one about jumping strikes me as very funny.

At the moment I'm not that interested in her social and political thought, though no doubt there's good stuff there.

Grumpy, why "repulsive"?

I'm curious, too, though I think I have an inkling.

Unless I just don't understand them, which is highly possible, I don't get how either of these two quotes of Simone Weil's can be considered Christian thoughts:

"God is only the good. That is why he is waiting there in silence. Anyone who comes forward and speaks is using a little force." Does that mean we shouldn't pray?

"God has left us abandoned in time." That sounds Nietzschean or Sartrean, or something.

Many of these have me scratching my head. Some seem to me as if they have a deeper meaning that I comprehend.

I think the Anyone is referring to God, Who, if He spoke, would be forcing us. Just a guess.

AMDG

Thanks, Janet; I was fuzzy on who that "anyone" was. Now I'm left wondering if it means God, it's saying he can't/won't answer our prayers.

For what it's worth, I take most of these as poetic insights, not doctrinal statements. And yes, that was my understanding of the "anyone" in that one line. The passage from which that's taken is about God not forcing himself on us.

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