Simone Weil on the Iliad, or ‘the poem of Force’

“Once the experience of war makes visible the possibility of death that lies locked up in each moment, our thoughts cannot travel from one day to the next without meeting death’s face. The mind is then strung up to a pitch it can stand for only a short time; but each new dawn reintroduces the same necessity; and days piled on days make years.”

-Simone Weil, “The Iliad, or the Poem of Force,” 1940. As translated by Mary McArthy, 1945.