In this work, originally broadcast on the CBC Radio series Ideas, Jean Vanier shares his profoundly human vision for creating a common good that radically changes our communities, our relationships and ourselves.
Our society shuns weakness and glorifies strength. By embracing weakness, however, we learn new ways of living and discover greater compassion, trust and understanding. This spirit of inclusion has extraordinary implications for the way we live our lives and build our communities.
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