Scott Cairns on Suffering

Here is a beautiful stretch of writing from Scott Cairns recent book, The End of Suffering.

“Simone Weil’s life became something of a study in affliction, albeit affliction with a purpose. She writes: ‘Affliction compels us to recognize as real what we do not think possible.’

That is, our afflictions import a healthy dose of credence into our credulity.

Which is to say, that they have a chance of making believers of us.

Under most circumstances, then, the occasions of our suffering are capable of revealing what our habitual illusions often obscure, keeping us from knowing. Our afflictions drag us — more or less kicking — into a fresh and vivid awareness that we are not in control of our circumstances, that we are not quite whole, that our days are salted with affliction.

They insist on our noticing how our seasons move through cycles of joy and pain.”

Posted in Staublog in March 30, 2011 by | 1 Comment »

One Response to Scott Cairns on Suffering

  1. Dick Staub on March 30, 2011 at 10:47 am

    […] “Simone Weil said, ‘Affliction compels us to recognize as real what we do not think possible.’ That is, our afflictions import a healthy dose of credence into our credulity. Which is to say, that they have a chance of making believers of us.” Scott Cairns. Read More. […]

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