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Simone Weil: No credible philosophy without active field engagement…

Note: A re-edit of my post in 2012

In this century of global turmoil and global wars, WWI and II, successive genocides, Afghanistan, Viet Nam, Iraq, ISIS,…Simone Weil was concerned to find links between the state of Gravity (miseries, injustices, brute force, subjugation…) and the state of Grace (Justice, equitable treatment, civil rights, political rights…)

Weil visited Germany in 1932 and experienced the incapacity of the German communist party to be freed from the Soviet dictate and Soviet bureaucracy.  Consequently, faced this rude reality, Weil dropped her previous revolutionary positions due to the total passive behavior of the communists in Germany.

In 1934-35, Weil took a sabbatical from teaching, and worked at the factories of Alsthom and Renault as a daily worker. She kept a diary, and she had to share the workers daily conditions and feelings on the floor-shop, if she had to talk of the working class…

How can people balance the repeated society massive submission to the power-to-be (following orders that are terribly evil) and the individual tendency to avoid harming innocent people?

Are the systematic coercive structure and violent acts of totalitarianism behind this recurring mass subjugation phenomena throughout history?

Desiring to know the truth is a yearning to be in direct touch with reality, no matter how cruel and brutal it might be.

For example, if you claim to describe the conditions and represent the working class, you must be engaged in the daily work activities of the worker, and be connected to the actual working people in specific domain of productions…

In 1936, Weil was side by side with the Spanish anarchists during the civil war…

Simone Weil proclaimed to study the ancient mythologies, the metaphysical texts, the universal folkloric stories…with the same intellectual probity of attitude.

She was opposed to apartheid Zionist ideology and had harsh critics of the radical Hebraic practiced religion:

1. All that is inspired from the Old Testament by Christianity is bad…

2. The concept of Sanctity in the Church was emulated from the Sanctity notion of Israel…

3. Up until the Israelite were exiled to Babylon, not a single character in the Bible was not soiled by horrible acts…

4. Daniel was initiated to the Chaldean wise culture in captivity…

5. The Genesis is a compendium of all the Egyptian stories, transported and adapted… (including the Near-East culture)

6. Weil cannot comprehend how a reasonable mind can see similarity between Jehovah and the Father of the New Testament…

7. The mission of Israel was to acknowledge the unity of a God, without discriminating among people, culture, and the principles of Good and Evil…

8. The Hebrew attributed to God all that is considered supernatural, what is divine and what is demonic: Simply because they view their God in the angle of Power and not in the approach of what is Good and what is Evil…

Viewing God of Power denies any intermediary between the believer and God, although there is no alternative to an Mediator.  Otherwise, God is emptied of divinity and is reduced to a racial and national entity that is directly accessible to anyone (with evil intentions)…

9. The ancient Egyptians and Greeks had this recognition that God is The Good. The God of the Hebrew was carnal, collective, heavy…who engaged in temporal promises.

10. Weil rejects “National God” and refuses the notion of a “Promised Land“…

Note 2: Simone Weil published “Gravity and Grace”, “The rooting” (L’enracinement)

Note 3: Simone Weil was a French deputy, a minister and inducted in the French Academy

A bit of “mind-shuffling”: What is “state of grace”, anyway?

There is this philosophical notion that says: “Every object that you perceive must have a mind (soul), otherwise, how our mind could perceive it?

Beautiful abstract notion; I wouldn’t be ready to give my life supporting it.  This is not the subject of this post: It inspired it.

I so often hear people say: “I received the grace, or I am in a state of grace, or I feel at peace with myself and with the universe…”  And I wonder “what is this state of grace thing”?

I go on with my busy daily work and chores and then my mind takes a short break and starts talking with itself like “I know that I am among the living. With such little odds to be a living thing, from mother getting pregnant, and being born, and survived the first year… and kept breathing in this polluted world… how come I got to be born?  What is the meaning of my life?  Should I expect life to have a meaning?…”  I call these moments “mind-break touched by grace

I resume my hurly-burly daily busy work and these instants of “unprofitable” queries recur frequently.  There are moments the mind takes another kind of break, an extension to the previous wondering mind, this auto-questioning is driven to a dangerous step forward.

The mind is saying: “I know that each of my traits are shared by thousands of human beings, probably by animals too, and I feel that with all that sharing story, I am still a unique individual.  Well, this “unique” attribute is shared by God too.  Can’t I deduce that I am a God? One of them Gods?

At this junction, the mind has crossed the Rubicon River, the red line to enemy territory, and the mind has to deal with his new situation.  This new qualitative kind of mind-break that I call “mind-break in state of grace”.

And life never stops with these frequent sorts of mind breaks, and we continue the living and surviving. One day, the mind takes a plunge and decides “I am one of the Gods.  Who else is better positioned but me to be a God?”

At this stage, the mind is in the state “mind-break in God”.  Sufis would call it “being in unity with God, to be in unison with God, to be a friend of God, to be the lover of God…”

The mind has crossed all the red lines and is taking on its responsibility to behaving as a God should behave:  God is no longer going to be indifferent to his brother, neighbor, animals, trees…

God is to communicate his emotions, aspirations, hopes, errors…

God has to deal with all the troubles, problems, joys, excitements of his fellow-man…

God is to be involved and takes stands for the weak, the humiliated, the downtrodden, the meek…

From now on, the mind has decided that it is worth sacrificing once life, defending another man’s rights (all the rights that the mind wishes to acquire) against all odds and everybody.

Dying as a God is worth the entire universe.

How would you like to die, Sir?

A handful of ash, dirt, dust… Eaten by worms, ants, crows, fishes, maggots, wolves…

Everything that you despised, handled with disgust, crushed, trampled, maltreated, ignored…

How would you like to be living, Sir? 


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