Weil on fantasy versus reality

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“Nothing is so beautiful, nothing is so continually fresh and surprising, so full of sweet and perpetual ecstasy as the good.  No deserts are so dreary, monotonous and boring as evil.  But with fantasy it is the other way round.  Fictional good is boring and flat, while fictional evil is varied, intriguing, attractive and full of charm.”

Simone Weil, quoted in Geoffrey Barlow, editor, Vintage Muggeridge (Grand Rapids, 1985), pages 91-92.

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