Published on May 6th, 2019 by Alan L. Sklover
“To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul.”
– Simone Weil
This observation upon the human experience is, to me, extremely profound, near universal and very powerful. You may be able to use it to better understand others, but perhaps it is best used to better understand yourself. If a person is not firmly “rooted” in something, just like a shallow-rooted tree, any storm may find them unprepared and unable to stand firm, unable to bend with the wind, and more likely than others to simply topple over. Unlike trees, we are not rooted in the sand or soil, but rather in beliefs, in relations, in values, in a purpose, or perhaps in the shifting, shallow sands of unending greed, power and self-indulgence. As we grow and mature, this truth becomes so simple, clear and obvious that, well, we might just wonder how it seems at the same time so new, fresh and startling. Give it a moment to sink in. It’s just a few words, but reflects a deep understanding of us all.
This quote was submitted to us by two dear, dear friends who requested that they remain anonymous. They are sisters, of advanced age, who are two of my very favorite people in the world. A sincere Thank You goes out to them both.
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