*Read-in* Existential Dilemmas & Mysticism: Reframing the Negative and Diving Deep into Suffering

Presented with Chinatown Soup

Henry Ossawa Tanner - The Annunciation


For this read-in, we'll be looking at The Love of God and Affliction, an essay by Simone Weil. 


“The sea is not less beautiful in our eyes because we know that sometimes ships are wrecked on it.” Simone Weil


Anxiety and depression have become markers of contemporary society. Simone Weil’s exploration of affliction as an intense form of suffering led to some of her most important ideas of mysticism and the nature of our common existential dilemmas. We tend to think of suffering as something that comes from the outside, that is a result of our actions or brain chemistry. Weil posits an alternate view: these factors, while real, do not create human misery, they reveal it. In this revelation we find an opportunity to reframe the so-called negative afflictions of life into what they really are: an opportunity to break through the everyday into a broader and deeper imagining of life as it is really lived.




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