Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Readings: Simone Weil, Notebooks Vol. 2

The following two excerpts appear on the same page (p. 616) of the second volume of Simone Weil's Notebooks:

"We see either the dust on the window-pane or the landscape beyond, but never the window-pane."

"We are unable to love anything otherwise than in God, or rather through the mediation of the divine love."

It would seem that the two are connected; that the second follows, somehow, from the first. But how so?

Included in the intervening text is: "The intelligence exercises itself in obedience by coming up against the unintelligible. "

Think Zen. Think koan.