Progressive death and debt IV: Without roots
By Michael Moriarty
web posted May 4, 2009
The Need For Roots, by Simone Weil, is a philosophic examination of human necessity, a treatise created by a French Communist who eventually left Communism to witness to the truth and power of the Catholic Church and the meaning of Christ.
The essence of her thesis in Roots is rootedness, yes, the absolute, human necessity for a sense of belonging. Of course, given Ms. Weil's exquisitely probing intelligence, we must expect that the depth necessary, the requisite profundity one might expect to appease her seemingly bottomless need for "belonging" is challenging, to say the least. Her soul journey began with the all-consuming intellectuality of Marxism but eventually led her to a mystically prophetic faith in Christ and the Catholic Church.
The meaning of Christian sacrifice became the only symbol or, yes, significant enough "root", to delve deeply enough into her own personal search for meaning, for a sufficient amount of "weight" within not only her own existence but that of the entire human race.
Although I don't recall her name or her writings even being mentioned in another important examination of "belonging", Without Roots by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and Marcello Pera, I find that the same, exact theme should occupy the hearts and minds of two of my favorite, twentieth century souls, Simone Weil and Pope Benedict XVI. I find this beyond a coincidence. Given the nature of the divine souls involved, I find this to have been spiritually inevitable.
Now, before I wander too far from the parameters of what is basically a political forum, I will reiterate the most profoundly disastrous "root-cutting" ever performed in America: the 1973 Roe v Wade decision by the Supreme Court, legalizing abortion.
From that moment on all Americans were and still are disowning the words "created equal", and are categorically denied, by the highest court in the land, any "inalienable right to life".
The words I've quoted from the Declaration of Independence are, indeed, the central roots … to any possible tree of meaning … for America. Those words did not appear in the immortal Gettysburg Address for nothing. As even the Progressive Catholic Gary Wills must admit, Abraham Lincoln's invocation of America's founding document helped to decisively turn the Civil War into a victory for the North.
"The only thing worse than living without roots," writes Marcello Pera in his introduction to Without Roots, "is struggling to get by without a future."
Many will find it ironic that in the case of Simone Weil's Roots and Pope Benedict's Without Roots, the central, geographic concern is Europe … but the actual "root" of the theme is eternal, universal and, God willing, ineradicable … unless, of course you desire to, as Prof. Pera warns, "get by without a future".
In a brief but piercing introduction to Without Roots by George Weigel, he asks, "Might the sources of the civilization we call 'Europe' be found in a distinctive encounter with, and a distinctive idea of, the sacred?"
"Sacred", in my previous editorial within this series, was the lead-in to this all too brief evocation of "roots".
Yes, indeed, not only Europe sprang from the increasingly dedicated faith in human life as "sacred" … but a millenniums-old, Judeo-Christian culture is … or was recognized as the bedrock of the entire Western Civilization.
Hmmm … not anymore.
Now it is trans-national equality … but without any "sacredness" to human life.
That "Change", as President Obama so repeatedly promised Americans, will ultimately prove to be suicidal … or, in other words, this Progressive generation's desperate race toward death and debt.
The most resonant requiem for Europe, I believe, was America's consent and silent participation, following the 36-year-old Roe v Wade decision, in the ending of any "sacredness" to human life.
Without America to save Europe from a metaphysical hell born of post-modernity and now the Progressive Movement's avariciously hypocritical concept of reality … Europe is as helpless … or perhaps even more helpless than it was during World War II.
While Red China, neo-Soviet Russia and Radical Islam lick their chops, and, of course, while America sleeps amidst its growing death and debt, Europe silently quivers, an increasingly terrorized flock of birds in the crosshairs.
To keep freedom's home fires burning, I point to the only possible savior the world has now: a renewal of faith in the sacredness of human life.
Read Without Roots, please. It is as much about America now as it is about Europe.
Finally, and since America was, at one time, all about individual freedom and responsibility, Without Roots is possibly about you!
Michael Moriarty is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor who starred in the landmark television series Law and Order from 1990 to 1994. His recent film and TV credits include The Yellow Wallpaper, 12 Hours to Live, Santa Baby and Deadly Skies. Contact Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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