Simone Weil:

Metaxu – we live lives between gravity and grace.

Our work is metaxu; theater is importantly meaningless… something meaningless and material we can move through on the way to decreation. “Creation is composed of the descending movement of gravity, the ascending movement of grace and the descending movement of the second degree of grace.” (SW in Gravity and Grace)

Each thing must vacate itself

Substitution: “I have several times succumbed to the temptation to say words which cause pain. Obedience to the force of gravity. The greatest sin. Thus we corrupt the function of language, which is to express the relationship between things.” (GG) Avoid language that acts as a thing, a solid object, a stop; rather than a transition.

From Weil’s chapter on Evil:

“Monotony of evil: never anything new, everything about it is equivalent. It is because of this monotony that quantity plays so great a part.” (The drive that multiplies murder to genocide.)

“Evil is license and that is why it is monotonous: everything has to be drawn from ourselves. But it is not given to man to create, so it is a bad attempt to imitate God… Literature and morality. Imaginary evil is romantic and varied; real evil is gloomy, monotonous, barren, boring. Imaginary good is boring.real good is always new, marvelous, intoxicating. Therefore ‘imaginative litearature’ is either boring or immoral (or a mixture of both).”

In pursuing variety in Soulographie, we need to put priority on the vitality in the good, accepting the industrial quality of evil?


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