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Attente de Dieu est un recueil de lettres écrites par Simone Weil de janvier à mai 1942 au Père Joseph-Marie Perrin, O. P. l. a. philosophe y explicite sa place par rapport à l’Église, son attachement pour elle et son refus de compter parmi les convertis.

Simone Weil y explique pourquoi elle ne peut demander le baptême : "S'il était concevable qu'on se damne en obéissant à Dieu et qu'on se sauve en lui désobéissant, je choisirais quand même l'obéissance" (p18); sa vocation, telle qu'elle l. a. despatched, est d'être en touch avec tous les milieux humains. L’Église se présente, en tant que corps social, comme un shelter défendant ses valeurs à l. a. manière des patriotismes; comme tout corps social, elle entraîne ses membres dans un système de valeurs qui les coupe du reste de l'humanité.

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W h e t h e r a certain genetic factor is harmful or n o t depends u p o n the environmental stresses to w h i c h a population is subject. It is rash and prejudicial to consider it a matter o f absolute g o o d or bad. W e m a y conclude, h o w e v e r , that extensive outbreeding, w h e t h e r or n o t it involves caste or ethnic m i s ­ cegenation, does serve to retain recessives in the g e n e - p o o l , and this is g o o d insurance against possible environmental changes in the future. W h a t w e deplore n o w m a y serve a useful function for later generations.

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