Friday, June 26, 2015

"how to create a culture which is no longer a culture just of competition, but a culture of welcoming"

Krista Tippet interviewed Jean Vanier and in the course of their talk Jean said:
"... we must educate people to become capable and to take their place in society. That has value, obviously. But it's not quite the same thing as to educate people to relate, to listen, to help people to become themselves. 
So the equilibrium that people with disabilities could bring is precisely this equilibrium of the heart. Children. 
You see, maybe a father is a very strong man and businessman, and when he comes home, if he gets down on his hands and knees and plays with the children, it's the child that is teaching the father something about tenderness, about love, about the father looking at the needs of the child, the face of the child, the hands of the child, relating to the child. 
And the children, the incredible thing about children is they're unified in their body and in — whereas we, we can be very disunified. We can say one thing and feel another."
You can read the full transcript here

screen grab of OnBeing website for Jean Vanier interview
screen grab of OnBeing website for Jean Vanier interview

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or watch the video here

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