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Re: Woody Allen

baseRelief wrote:
Left Boob Oscillator wrote:
The other extreme of gravity is grace. I'm fond of Simone Weil's writings on the subject. She was no stranger to affliction.

Allen is an atheist, so for him there is no transcendence.

To rise above the gravity of hatred and greed does not require the belief of a supreme deity. Agreed, though, to experience transcendence one must have experience with gravity, in the context of what Weil meant by gravity. Grace is achieved when one's life is driven by compassion and the realization that joy does not depend on owning more riches or having more power over others; not when you believe in a heaven.

I agree that the intellectual concept of heaven is not a prerequisite for transcendence. To rise above hatred and greed is a triumph of the spirit, but it is not an experience of a transcendent Reality beyond/within the physical. Materialists and nihilists prevent themselves from having such experiences by making up their minds that all there is to the world is what the eye can see or the mind can prove.

Aug 01, 2011, 20:50


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