7 feb. 2010

Give as you eat*

Cel care, vazand un nenorocit,
isi transporta in el fiinta,
da nastere - din iubire - in cel nenorocit,
macar pentru o clipa,
unei existente independente de nenorocire.
Transporatandu-si fiinta insasi in cel pe care il ajuta,
el ii da pentru o clipa acea existenta proprie
de care nenorocirea l-a lipsit.

Simone Weil/Autobiografie spirituala

The one who, seeing an unhappy person, transports his very own being in there,
makes happened - through love - in the wretched one,
just for a moment, a fully independent existence of his unhappiness.
By transporting our own being into the person whom we help,
we give him back for a moment his true existence -
the one from which he was deprived by his unhappines.

(well, the text is in a Romanian editions of selected works
but they don't mentioned which is the original books they were chosing from.)

Cei pe care Dumnezeu ii va rasplati
dau asa cum mananca.
The ones who God will reward
give as they eat.