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Peter B. Miller

Peter B. Miller was raised in New York City but now lives in Sarasota, Florida. He is the author of two novels, Céline and January Sky, and Arc of the Decades, a collection of essays.

The Soul in Torment

In 1949, Simone Weil published The Need for Roots. It was a response to the upending of the European world arising from World War II. Starting with World War I, the moral order fractured and politics became blood sport. The supposedly civilized world slide into mass murder on a never before seen scale.Weil understood that a just and compassionate moral order arises out of societies where the soul’s needs are met and not trampled upon. Weil, also being a religious mystic as well as a philosopher,