Weil was dazzling, brilliant and on a bad day a bit of a scold. “You have forgotten to ask each other the only question that really matters: ‘What are you going through?’” Suffering has three stages, expands JC: separation from what we thought we knew; initiation into a deeper way of being; return to where we started from.
We should be rewarded for making mistakes, not punished. Shamed boys grow into fugitive men—furtive and anxious, hidden and watchful, unable to trust themselves.
We need to follow our enthusiasms, our in-god-ness. Whether it’s an enthusiasm for sex, travel, music or magic, follow that as far as it takes you. Eventually, every road returns us to ourselves.
At the tip of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s ascending spiral: normalcy. At that point we are not interpreting what we are seeing, not liking or disliking.
“At the end of all our exploring. Will be to arrive where we started. And to know the place for the first time.”
In abnormal times, normalcy marks the oddball.
“In a world of fugitives, the person taking the opposite direction will appear to run away.”