Tuesday, July 17, 2007


Both those tempted to heroic despair and those tempted to denial in the face of the world's multiple lesions, which Weil embraced with frightening intensity...

"We must not seek the void, for it would be tempting God if we counted on supernatural bread to fill it. We must not run away from it either." Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace, p 23.

Note to a friend: Do you know Simone Weil? I'm as big a fan of hers as I am of Bonhoeffer. She was way off kilter... the boundary between madness and genius, hope and despair. (The place where those of us who are not trhere should not pretend to be. Which is what she is saying here, I think.)

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