Saturday, December 29, 2007

Fantasy the other way round

Simone Weil, the French Jewish intellectual, said,

"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."

Quoted in Geoffrey Barlow, Vintage Muggeridge: Religion and Society, pages 91-92.