Gravity and Grace (Routledge Classics) by Simone Weil

By Simone Weil

Gravity and Grace was once the 1st ever e-book by way of the extraordinary philosopher and activist, Simone Weil. In it Gustave Thibon, the farmer to whom she had entrusted her notebooks ahead of her premature demise, compiled in a single notable quantity a compendium of her writings that experience develop into a resource of religious suggestions and knowledge for numerous participants. at the 50th anniversary of the 1st English variation - by means of Routledge & Kegan Paul in 1952 - this Routledge Classics variation bargains English readers the full textual content of this landmark paintings for the 1st time ever, via incorporating a in particular commissioned translation of the arguable bankruptcy on Israel. additionally formerly untranslated is Gustave Thibon's postscript of 1990, which reminds us how privileged we're which will learn a piece which deals each one reader such 'light for the spirit and nourishment for the soul'. it is a publication that nobody with a significant curiosity within the non secular existence can manage to pay for to be with out.

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It is food in so far as it provides the individual with the inner equipment necessary for living as a man and for approaching God; poison in so far as it tends to rob him of his liberty and to take God’s place. The perpetual encroachments of the social order upon the divine—that incessant degradation of mystical conceptions into politics—afford strong enough evidence, today more than ever, of the seriousness of this last danger. Mutatis mutandis, the same remarks are applicable to the Church. Obviously a spirit so hungering for the absolute as was that of Simone Weil would necessarily be somewhat lacking in a sense xxxvii xxxviii introduction of historical relativity: the text nolite conformari huic a seculo1 was for her a commandment allowing of no reservations.

Gravity. Generally what we expect of others depends on the effect of gravity upon ourselves, what we receive from them depends on the effect of gravity upon them. Sometimes (by chance) the two coincide, often they do not. What is the reason that as soon as one human being shows he needs another (no matter whether his need be slight or great) the latter draws back from him? Gravity. 2 gravity and grace Lear, a tragedy of gravity. Everything we call base is a phenomenon due to gravity. Moreover the word baseness is an indication of this fact.

6 gravity and grace It is impossible to forgive whoever has done us harm if that harm has lowered us. We have to think that it has not lowered us, but has revealed our true level. The wish to see others suffer exactly what we are suffering. It is because of this that, except in periods of social instability, the spite of those in misfortune is directed against their fellows. That is a factor making for social stability. The tendency to spread the suffering beyond ourselves. If through excessive weakness we can neither call forth pity nor do harm to others, we attack what the universe itself represents for us.

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