Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tiles Blown Off a Roof

If we examine human society and souls closely and with real attention, we see that wherever the virtue of supernatural light is absent, everything is obedient to mechanical laws as blind and as exact as the laws of gravitation. To know this is profitable and necessary. Those whom we call criminals are only tiles blown off a roof by the wind and falling at random. Their only fault is the initial choice by which they become such tiles.

Simone Weil, Waiting for God, Craufurd, tr., p. 128.

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