Sunday, July 22, 2012

Simone Weil Quotes

Thanks to Len Hjalmarson for reminding me of Simone Weil in a post about her which refers to an article by May Ngo.  Based on these tantalizing and pithy quotes, I plan on exploring her in the near future.

May Ngo writes in “Responding to Simone Weil,”

       “Reading Simone Weil is like being exposed to a tornado, being hit on the head and drinking a clear glass of water all at once."

I (Steve) went to for these quotes of Simone.

This next quote is a critique of the the kind of science I learned.  I  could have used some help many years ago when I socialized/apprenticed at Harding U, Memphis U. and U. of VA for my vocation.  Of course we know more now than we did then.  People like John Haught and Teilhard du Chardin and Brian McLaren have been a big help.

“A science which does not bring us nearer to God is worthless.”


This next one says something about striving for objectivity, that is not attainable I know, but it is in our own best interest ultimately to be detached.  

“Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached”


This is timely, don't you think?

 “Those who are unhappy have no need for anything in this world but people capable of giving them their attention.”


And this is deep too.  

 “A hurtful act is the transference to others of the degradation which we bear in ourselves.” 


and this is a major mistake of Protestantism, in my opinion 

“In the Church, considered as a social organism, the mysteries inevitably degenerate into beliefs.”

1 comment:

Jason said...

I hadn't heard of Weil before. Thanks for sharing these.

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