Gravity and Grace - WikiquoteIn solitude we are in the presence of mere matter even the sky, the stars, the moon, trees in blossom , things of less value perhaps than a human spirit. Its value lies in the greater possibility of attention. If we could be attentive to the same degree in the presence of a human being. There is one, and only one, thing in modern society more hideous than crime--namely, repressive justice. In the intellectual order, the virtue of humility is nothing more nor less than the power of attention.
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This article will be permanently flagged as inappropriate and made unaccessible to everyone. Are you certain this article is inappropriate?, In First and Last Notebooks public library — the out-of-print treasure that gave us Weil on the key to discipline and how to make use of our suffering — she writes:.
After her graduation from formal education, Weil became a teacher. She taught intermittently throughout the s, taking several breaks due to poor health and to devote herself to political activism , work that would see her assisting in the trade union movement, taking the side of the Anarchists known as the Durruti Column in the Spanish Civil War , and spending more than a year working as a labourer, mostly in auto factories, so she could better understand the working class. Taking a path that was unusual among twentieth-century left-leaning intellectuals, she became more religious and inclined towards mysticism as her life progressed. Weil wrote throughout her life, though most of her writings did not attract much attention until after her death. In the s and s, her work became famous in continental Europe and throughout the English-speaking world.