- Publisher Simone Weil writes on the subject of uprootedness and calls for a rediscovery of spiritual roots. She deals with the needs of the soul, discussing order, liberty, obedience, responsibility and finishing with the need for truth.
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About "Need For Roots"
Written while Simone Weil worked at the French Headquarters in London, The Need for Roots was published posthumously under the title L'Enracinement, in 1949. She had been commissioned by General de Gaulle, head of the Free French forces, to write a report on the duties and privileges of the French after the liberation. An intensely spiritual person, Simone Weil felt it an obligation to experience life as others had to, working in factories and on farms. She became concerned by the idea of uprootedness and, in this report, called on her fellow French to recover their spiritual roots, stressing the need for security. She was to die of tuberculosis a year after being commissioned to write The Need for Roots, having refused to eat more than the rations of those suffering Nazi occupation in France.
Simone Weil writes on the subject of uprootedness and calls for a rediscovery of spiritual roots. She deals with the needs of the soul, discussing order, liberty, obedience, responsibility and finishing with the need for truth.
Meet the Author
Born in Paris, Weil came from a highly intellectual family. After a brilliant academic career at school and university, she taught philosophy interspersed with periods of hard manual labor on farms and in factories. Throughout her life she combined sophisticated and scholarly interests with an extreme moral intensity and identification with the poor and oppressed. A twentieth-century Pascal (see Vol. 4), this ardently spiritual woman was a social thinker, sensitive to the crises of modern humanity. Jewish by birth, Christian by vocation, and Greek by aesthetic choice, Weil has influenced religious thinking profoundly in the years since her death. "Humility is the root of love," she said as she questioned traditional theologians and held that the apostles had badly interpreted Christ's teaching. Christianity was, she thought, to blame for the heresy of progress. During World War II, Weil starved herself to death, refusing to eat while victims of the war still suffered.