A Stranger and An Exile

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Nothing ever written goes so far as the devil’s words to Christ in Saint Luke concerning the kingdoms of the world.  “All this power will I give thee and the glory of it, for that is delivered unto me and to whomsoever I will give it.”  It follows from this that the social is irremediably the domain of the devil.  The flesh impels us to say me and the devil impels us to say us; or else to say like the dictators I with a collective significance …

… I am well aware that the Church must inevitably be a social structure, otherwise it would not exist.  But in so far as it is a social structure, it belongs to the Prince of this world …

… I do not want to be adopted into a circle, to live among people who say “we” and to be part of an “us,” to find I am “at home” in any human milieu whatever it may be …  I feel that it is not permissible for me.  I feel that it is necessary and ordained that I should be alone, a stranger and an exile in relation to every human circle without exception.

                       — Simone Weil, Letter II from Waiting For God, pp. 12-13

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