Simone Weil on justice and the cross

“At the touch of the iron there must be a feeling of separation from God such as Christ experienced, otherwise it is another God. The martyrs did not feel that they were separated from God, but it was another God, and it was perhaps better not to be a martyr. The God from whom the martyrs drew joy in torture or death is close to him who was officially adopted by the Empire and afterward imposed by means of exterminations.”

“To be just, it is necessary to be naked and dead. Without imagination. That is why the model of justice has to be naked and dead. The cross alone is not open to imaginary imitation.”

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