If man’s vocation is to achieve pure joy through suffering, manual workers are better placed than all others to accomplish it in the truest way.

Simone Weil, French philosopher and activist

Peter Foges described Weil as “preternaturally a worker by brain, not by hand. Small, myopic, physically awkward and weak, it is difficult to think of anyone less suited to toil in a factory, workshop or field.” And yet she championed manual labor as a cure for the social ills of the modern world.

Simone Weil immortalized Photo by Flickr/anarchitect/CC BY-NC 2.0

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