She was an ascetic. People like her are the reason we have ascetics. She believed, as best as I can understand her, that God creates us by withdrawing Himself from us, so as to create the possibility of our existing separately from Him. Our life then, is made possible only by the absence of God; but God is the source of all goodness and happiness, and so our life necessarily entails badness and suffering. We can only get back to God by ceasing to exist and letting God come back in to fill the space we occupy. Our life task, then, is to achieve selflessness to the point of nonexistence. This all seems to me to be quite mad, and to have made her an extraordinarily good person. It also made her very good at delineating badness without becoming overwhelmed by resentment or despair.
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