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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Idealism


Those who serve a cause are not those who love that cause. They are those who love the life which has to be led in order to serve it - except in the case of the very purest, and they are rare.
Simone Weil

4 comments:

  1. Yes, they are rare, but it is not impossible to find them...

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  2. Encore une heroine! Alle diese Gutmenschen! This long chain of do-gooders and heaven´s inhabitants! I wonder when again Michael will pull a real asshole out of his basket of quotations.
    By the way: don´t confuse S.W. with Simone Veil.

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  3. Why should he? "Arseholes" we meet
    everyday, don´t we? This other kind of man is much more interesting, I think ...

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  4. Simone loved certainly the cause. She loved it that much that she could accept the life that had to be lived and left in order to serve the cause. She neglected anything else I suppose, became sick and died as a 34 year old woman.

    She had no fear to go until the bottom of the street when thinking stubbornly out a reasoning, she obviously felt only to get nearer to God looking behind things. But her example cannot be put as one to be followed. One cannot promote sterility. and this is exactly what I don't like about buddhism and guys like Cioran.


    Augustinus Hipponensis wrote a revaluation of all roman values, when he wrote his De civitate Dei. His book is fascinating as a work of a time of transition. A unheard of new view was thrown by him on the ancient value systhem, and Augustinus argues always "scientifically" with great rational vigour quoting Vergil as witness of another time.

    Simone Weil very forcefully and undeviatingly overdrives, what Augustinus had begun and deprives ancient Rome of any moral dignity, promoting her pacifistic view. I dont like that, as I never like exaggeration.

    Celsus already stated that the Christians were sick, if I remember well. Nietzsche insisted very much on this aspect and deplored that germans probably would make survive christianity another time. When I saw in TV two days ago the Pope visiting the lutheran church of Rome, listening to the dry confused formulistic bull-shit of a frustrated german lady of the Kirchenvorstand, I could understand Nietzsches and cs's pain!

    But I admire and respect Simon Weil for her lonely autodidactic effort in honesty and have a great sympathy for her purity. After all, who exaggerates purity and consistency usually harms ony him/her-self.

    @cs

    There is an interesting, frightening german Jeanne "dark" which got a million clicks: http://nohoearmy.wordpress.com/

    "L'homme n'est ni ange ni bete, et le malheure veut que qui veut faire l'Ange fait la bete"

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