Simone Weil

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Simone Weil was born in France on February 1909. She is listed as a French philosopher, political activist and Christian mystic. Simone had a truly compassionate nature and suffered for others. Even as a young child Simone felt that her actions needed to reflect the suffering of others.
Simone taught intermittently throughout the 1930s but left teaching to participate in political activism. She assisted in the trade and labor movements and took the side of the Republican factions in the Spanish Civil War. She spent more than a year working as a laborer in auto factories so she could understand what the working glass went through. Simone Weil turned toward left-leaning intellectuals and became religious and inclined toward mysticism. She was an avid reader throughout most of her life although her writing was not recognized fully until after her death. Through the 1950s and 60s Simone's work was recognized on college campuses, but is now rarely taught t the college level. Simone was known as the great spirit of the times.
Weil is known for her true altruism as well as her compulsive behavior toward cleanliness. She was considered as highly attractive but did shun outward physical contact. At the age of 12, Weil was proficient in Greek and she later learned Sanskrit as well as other languages. Weil studied philosophy and received her Agregation diploma in 1931. She taught philosophy at a secondary school for girls though teaching was not her main profession.
During WWII while Weil was working for the French resistance in London, she wrote The Need for Roots. Weil died on August 24, 1943 from malnutrition due to her compassion for the soldiers fighting in WWII. She believed that by eating little, she might be able to voice her opinion for those who had little.

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