Deep Roots Podcast: Simone Weil, Red Virgin

Deep Roots Podcast: Simone Weil, Red Virgin

In this episode we remember Simone Weil. She was a philosopher, mystic, political theorist, and revolutionary. She wasn’t well known in her lifetime and is scarcely known today. Her life was short—she died at the age of 34 from tuberculosis, which was brought on by weakness from severe fasting. Most of her writings were published after her death. And her writings, though never exactly popular, were celebrated by towering figures. T.S. Elliot called her “a woman of genius, of a…

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Deep Roots Podcast: Bayard Rustin, Forgotten Prophet

Deep Roots Podcast: Bayard Rustin, Forgotten Prophet

Today is Martin Luther King Jr Day in the United States. It is not only a day where we honor the man, but also the movement of which he was a part. King has become such a dominant symbol of the Civil Rights Movements that we forget other important figures in the movement. Today we remember one of these forgotten prophets. One who was a thorn in the side of American imperialism for decades…whose influence in the Civil Rights movement…

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Deep Roots Podcast: At Play with the Holy Fools

Deep Roots Podcast: At Play with the Holy Fools

Within Christianity there is a strange subset of the prophet called the “Holy Fool.” Holy Fools defy social convention in both word and action–sometimes in bizarre ways–out of their religious devotion. One such fool is the 13th century Italian, Brother Juniper, listen in for his absurd and provocative tale. Written and produced by Mark Van Steenwyk. The background music is “When Pigs Rule the World” by Don S.

A Letter from Your Uncle

A Letter from Your Uncle

My Dear Nephew, I hope this letter finds you well. I’m enjoying my retirement. Gardening has become very therapeutic. Congratulations on your recent success! Being elected into such a noble office is a great accomplishment. Now that you are entering into the halls of power, I have a few reflections to offer. I believe they will assist you in the noble task of subjugating the population. I hope you find them useful. I offer them to you with my deepest…

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enlightenment

enlightenment

It stung when my eyelids slid off carried away in a flow of tears and blood welling in my mind and spilling from my eyes. Moonlight glimmers into my pained gaze to dance on my soul’s dark pool. Down, deep through forgotten caverns– there a pale fish swims with white scales and its own lidless eyes that see strange things lurking in that murky place.