reject luxury early? (and love math)

When she [Simone Weil], barely three years old, was given a large sparkling ring, she declared, “I do not like luxury!” (p159)

If that weren’t enough to make me think her awesome…

Both children [Simone and her brother] loved mathematics, at first no doubt as a mind-teasing game, then for its beauty, and finally, for Simone, as the language of truth, a hint of the divine. (p160)

from Yi-Fu Tuan’s ever thought-provoking Human Goodness

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