Simone Weil: To Love the Real

14 October 2019


Physical work is a specific contact with the beauty of the world, and can even be, in its best moments, a contact so full that no equivalent can be found elsewhere. The artist, the scholar, the philosopher, and the contemplative should really admire the world and pierce through the film of unreality which veils it and makes of it—for nearly all men at nearly every moment of their lives—a dream or stage set. They ought to do this, but more often than not they cannot manage it. He who is aching in every limb, worn out by the effort of a day of work—that is to say a day when he has been subject to matter—bears the reality of the universe in his flesh like a thorn. The difficulty for him is to look and love. If he succeeds, he loves the Real.

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