Gravity and Grace (Routledge Classics) by Simone Weil

By Simone Weil

Gravity and Grace used to be the 1st ever book by means of the amazing philosopher and activist, Simone Weil. In it Gustave Thibon, the farmer to whom she had entrusted her notebooks sooner than her premature dying, compiled in a single notable quantity a compendium of her writings that experience turn into a resource of religious tips and knowledge for numerous participants. at the 50th anniversary of the 1st English version - via Routledge & Kegan Paul in 1952 - this Routledge Classics version bargains English readers the entire textual content of this landmark paintings for the 1st time ever, by means of incorporating a in particular commissioned translation of the debatable bankruptcy on Israel. additionally formerly untranslated is Gustave Thibon's postscript of 1990, which reminds us how privileged we're that allows you to learn a piece which deals every one reader such 'light for the spirit and nourishment for the soul'. this can be a ebook that nobody with a major curiosity within the non secular lifestyles can find the money for to be with out.

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1 Piety with regard to the dead: to do everything for what does not exist. The suffering caused by the death of others is due to this pain of a void and of lost equilibrium. Efforts henceforward follow without an object and therefore without a reward. If the imagination makes good this void—debasement. ’ And as to our own death, is it not the same? The object and the reward are in the future. Deprivation of the future—void, loss of equilibrium. That is why ‘to philosophise is to learn to die’. That is why ‘to pray is like a death’.

To conceive of them and feel them as conducive to spiritual well-being (for example: hunger, fatigue and humiliation cloud the mind and hinder meditation) and yet to renounce them. detachment Only the second kind of renunciation means nakedness of spirit. Furthermore, material goods would scarcely be dangerous if they were seen in isolation and not bound up with spiritual advantage. We must give up everything which is not grace and not even desire grace. The extinction of desire (Buddhism)—or detachment—or amor fati—or desire for the absolute good—these all amount to the same: to empty desire, finality of all content, to desire in the void, to desire without any wishes.

To know this is forgiveness. 9 TO ACCEPT THE VOID ‘Tradition teaches us as touching the gods and experience shows us as regards men that, by a necessity of nature, every being invariably exercises all the power of which it is capable’ (Thucydides). Like a gas, the soul tends to fill the entire space which is given it. A gas which contracted leaving a vacuum—this would be contrary to the law of entropy. It is not so with the God of the Christians. He is a supernatural God, whereas Jehovah is a natural God.

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