Gravity and Grace

Gravity and Grace

by Simone Weil

In it Gustave Thibon, the farmer to whom she had entrusted her notebooks before her untimely death, compiled in one remarkable volume a compendium of her writings that have become a source of spiritual guidance and wisdom for count individuals.

Also previously untranslated is Gustave Thibon's postscript of 1990, which reminds us how privileged we are to be able to read a work which offers each reader such 'light for the spirit and nourishment for the soul'.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Rating: 4.30
  • Pages: 183
  • Publish Date: September 12th 2002 by Routledge
  • Isbn10: 0415290015
  • Isbn13: 9780415290012

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10 metaphors Weil uses that I want to remember: 1. Weil seamlessly melds those two metaphors, creating this breathtaking sentence: The self is only the shadow which sin and error cast by stopping the light of God. 4. Then comes this cryptic metaphor: Action is the pointer of the balance. Like the Buddhists, Weil rejects all attachments; nevertheless, she is able to conceive of a definition of love that is independent of attachment. For Weil, pure love is simply recognition of the existence of, and the inherent value of, a person other than oneself. 9. the wall-between-two-prison-cells metaphor (p. 223): Weil conceives of humanity as a line (one-dimensional), God as a circle (two-dimensional, a higher order of being), and Christ as the point of tangency where the two meet.

Paslaptingoji mistike Simone Weil ir jos Sunkis ir Malone. Tikrai zinau, kad dar grisiu prie jos, atsiversiu bet kur ir su pasimegavimu provokuosiu savo stabarejanti mastyma Sunkiai skaitesi dar ir del to, kad knyga -chaotiska, tokia suvelta, ar tiksliau -nesusukuota. Bet gi ji sudaryta is jos uzrasu sau, gal but manant kada nors juos parengti spaudai. as tik nustebes ziuriu i ja ir sakau: kaip, kokiai magijai padedant si moteris istenge taip sutvarkyti savo vidu, kad gali iveikti tai, kas mane triuskina? Vargse mergina mirtinai nuobodziavo, bet is mandagumo bei nedrasumo neprotestavo. Isterike, kelianti susierzinima ir nuoboduli, egoiste, kurios pasiputusi ir agresyvi asmenybe nei pati moka pamatyti kitus, nei sugeba pazvelgti i save kitu akimis- itampos, kanciu, haliucinaciju ir maniju kamuolys, kazkoks, besiblaskantis isoriniame pasaulyje, tarytum is vandens istraukta zuvis, nes tikroji tos sielos stichija yra jos pacios sultys.

En sus fuentes Weil va más lejos: Platón, los Upanishads, el Tao Te King.

I started with "Gravity and Grace." For those also new to Weil's work I should point out this book is not a continuous narrative: it is a compilation of writings from the notebooks she entrusted to her friend Gustave Thibon before her death in 1943. For this reason the book reads like a series of thoughts--in some cases it seems Weil is trying to reason out a complex concept for herself in much the same way an artist might doodle or a scientist might scribble down formulas.

I reached Gravity and Grace because Susan Sontag mentioned it in an essay on filmmaker Robert Bresson. For me, at least, this was by far the best approach. She has less than no sentimental believe in what she refers to as "consolations." (See the quote on friendship below.) Rather, she encounters the universe as a kind of dialectic between gravity--everything that weighs us down, drawing us into a fundamentally corrupt and hypocritical social, material world--and grace, the energy that can transform suffering into....the fact that I can't finish that sentence tells you something about the elusiveness, the spiritual rigor, of Weil's thought. Ineffable consolation then comes down. (132) The world, in so far as it is completely empty of God, is God himself. Necessity, in so far as it is absolutely other than the god, is the good itself.

I love Simone Weil for a number of reasons: she is a woman and she is a philosopher who had both her mind and intuition fully active and greatly working. Simone Weil proves them wrong.

She wrote extensively with both insight and breadth about political movements of which she was a part and later about spiritual mysticism.