Thursday, July 7, 2011

Margaret Sommerville on Jean Vanier

"Jean Vanier embodies the characteristics we look for, need, and most value in our leaders: hope, optimism, kindness, empathy, compassion, generosity, hospitality, a sense of humour (balance), authenticity and courage. He reminds us that we set the ethical tone of our society by how we treat its weakest and most vulnerable members, not the strong and powerful. He shows us how to celebrate what we can do, not despair over what we can't; how to embrace and live life passionately, not endure it; how to look poverty and suffering in the face and do something about it, rather than flee. Jean Vanier's remarkable, uncommon 'common humanity' shines through in everything he does. As a nation, we could benefit greatly from that." - Margaret Somerville

Should we have the right to decide when, and how, we die? Margaret Somerville

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