Becoming Human

This book proposes the notion that the task of ethics is to help people become fully human and investigates how this is to be achieved in today s world.
Becoming Human This book proposes the notion that the task of ethics is to help people become fully human and investigates how this is to be achieved in today s world

  • Title: Becoming Human
  • Author: Jean Vanier
  • ISBN: 9780232523362
  • Page: 431
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Becoming Human”

    1. Jean Vanier, a man I thoroughly respect, the founder of L'Arch, a community for the intellectually disabled. Such a thought-provoking book. I could not possibly say enough about it.Some quotes to give you a feel for Vanier's perspective on humanity:"I also believe that those we most often exclude from the normal life of society, people with disabilities, have profound lessons to teach us. When we do include them, they add richly to our lives and add immensely to our world."" We are all frightene [...]

    2. You will enjoy this heart-warming book as much as did I. It's authored by one of our greatest, Canadian humanitarian, Jean Vanier. He is a scion of an equally famous Canadian family. Jean Vanier is the founder of the world-famous L'Arche.L'Arche provides residences for the emotionally, mentally, and physically disabled n and women who have been put aside, looked down upon, laughed at and, too often shunned plus their caregivers ose who wish to have a sometimes lasting relationship with the princ [...]

    3. This is a great book. I loved it from beginning to end. Jean Vanier possesses great insights on living, acceptance and forgiveness. Because of this book I not only see myself differently but I also see other differently especially those who are disabled in any way.

    4. Excellent! Highly recommend! I will be rereading this!"Everything that is human needs nourishment: the body, the mind, the memory, the imagination, and, particularly, the heart. They must be nourished by encounters with other hearts they can lead us into other gardens of life, into a new and deeper vulnerability, and into a new understanding of the universe, of God, of history, and of the beauty and depth of each and every human being." p68"Aristotle talks of our passions as being like a horse w [...]

    5. Venier argues that human hearts are liberated from loneliness by acting on our innate sense of belonging by embracing the weakness of others. Loneliness drives towards closer union with God or towards fear, depression, apathy and a loss of trust. The passage of life suggests that the tension between recurring order and chaos creates insecurity and loneliness. In order itself are the seeds of change, something we can choose to help evolve by seeking truth and meaning or resist in our rigidity. Ma [...]

    6. An interesting book from a giant among men. Vanier is the founder of L'Arche, a community of homes where people live with and serve people with disabilities. This book is about how we become human by giving to those who are only able to give back emotionally, and how both the server and the served grow emotiinally and spiritually.This would have been a five star review if the book was more concise, but it is one which will benefit anyone with an open heart who wants to understand and grow spirit [...]

    7. Jean Vanier's book about what it means to be human is full of wisdom and challenges. True freedom comes when we learn to forgive, love, and accept others. His ideas are radical: success in capitalism leads us further away from the heart and soul. An inspiring read.

    8. The first two chapters had some really great insights. The last three seemed to be a little watered down, repetitive, and occasionally too liberal for me.

    9. A great inspirational read written by one of the kindest souls I know of. A bit repetitive but maybe that’s what we need in order to finally get the fact that there is infinite room for unconditional kindness.

    10. Started in an interesting and relatable way, then it got repetitive and boring. Also, the tie between religion (Christianity) and how to avoid loneliness shouldn't really be there. Couldn't finish the book.

    11. I finished this book, as well as Richard Rohr's "Immortal Diamond: The Search for our True Self", within the same week. Rohr and Vanier are very different persons and writers but in both these books, they seek to convey a singular truth - to be fully human is to let go of and move beyond our compulsions, addictions and the relentless demands of our ego (false self) and to become fully alive. Being fully human also entails desiring the same freedom and joy for others too - including those whom we [...]

    12. If I could have every person on the planet read one book it would be this one, and Earth would be a better place for it.

    13. A little bland and squishy for my taste but I appreciate the sentiment in this book of becoming authentic humans centered in love.

    14. The book was a bit repetitive, but had some valuable content. Not a terrible read for a theology class.

    15. What a hope giving book! Jean Vanier offers a tray of insight and guidance in how to flourish in life’s challenges and brokenness and beauty.

    16. Very moving and inspiring. Jean Vanier should certainly be admired and acknowledged for the work he has done and all the people that have had better lives because of l'Arche. There are insights to be found about what it is to be human in here, but I think I expected something more still, maybe that the lives of the people he takes as examples should have been portrayed a little better? One thing that really comes out strongly is how it is even more the carers that are touched by those they are c [...]

    17. Jean Vanier wrote this book to reflect on what creating communities for people with intellectual disabilities taught him about being human. My goodness, did he learn a lot. This is a small book packed with a lot of insight. I've got dog-eared pages and underlines all over it. He is a priest, so there is a distinct religious flavour to his perspective. I appreciate his efforts towards being ecumenical (plenty of acknowledgement of the positive contributions of other religious traditions and not a [...]

    18. This book is extraordinarily powerful. Vanier offers tremendous insight into the elusive term: the 'human condition'. He begins by talking about loneliness. This is no accident, but is carefully structured as it serves as the foundation for the rest of his text. Why does he begin with loneliness? It is simply because loneliness is a universal emotion. Allow me to explainPeople want to be recognized by others. We want our work to be appreciated. We want people to like us, respect, pay attention t [...]

    19. Great book!My favorite passage from page 95: "The point of inclusion is the belief that each of us is important, unique, sacred, in fact. We can only relate to others and begin to include them in our lives and our society if we have this primary belief. That means that we bring each other to birth as we respect and love one another and as our value is revealed to us through the love of others. We close up if we are seen as having no value. Justice means more than just following the law, not hurt [...]

    20. A compassionate vision. A call to a radical honesty and towards an acceptance of our personal poverty and weaknesses. An invitation to embrace a common humanity where we accept history as it is and "become open to the emergence of new and positive realities from behind the certitudes and prejudices of yesterday.""Each one of us needs to work at searching for truth, not be afraid of it. We need to strive to live in truth, because the truth sets us free, even if it means living in loneliness and a [...]

    21. Becoming Human (1998) is a short book and international bestseller by Jean Vanier, "the founder of L'Arche, an international network of communities for people with intellectual disabilities." The book consists of five chapters entitled: loneliness, belonging, from exclusion to inclusion: a path of healing, the path to freedom, and forgiveness. There is much to commend about this book. It is essentially a manifesto on what true humanity looks like, a humanity that values all people, seeks good fo [...]

    22. A reader looking for inspiration will likely find it in the pages of Vanier's book. Based on the 1998 Massey Lectures, the book follows Vanier's views on the dangers of fear and loneliness, and the manner in which individuals and societies may overcome them through love and forgiveness. The book is inspired primarily by Vanier's Christian faith and his experience through his organisation L'Arche (which funds communal living centres for individuals with developmental disabilities). Though very re [...]

    23. I've been meaning to read this for quite awhile, and it took a little longer than I'd hoped, for a very thin volume. It's got some dense sections (not relative to a lot of philosophy/theology, but dense for an irregular reader of these books). Some of the assertions that I found useful:We live our lives in the constant tension between wanting to be stable and the inevitability of change.Human beings aren't valuable because of what they do or their intelligence, but because they are human (and th [...]

    24. I want to like this book. I like the story idea, I like the different characters, I like how it slowly comes together.But the writing! There are so many little errors and weirdnesses that I have become totally distracted. "His heart rate was 80 over 40" - you mean blood pressure?"Please land on the port side" - Port side is always with respect to the vessel, not a separate object on land."No matter how many times the ITF smashed the operating rings, fresh businesses would always emerge unscathed [...]

    25. The most profound book I have read in regards the path to humanity. Jean Vanier takes the teaching of Jesus Christ and places them simply in front of us to understand. He expresses through understanding our own brokeness we are able to heal and love again, truly love. If you have went through this brokeness, his writings became an re-enforcement to those who are and will be on the journey the rest of their lives. The questions, remains, however, is those who have not even recognized they are eve [...]

    26. "How easy it is to fall into the illusion of a beautiful world when we have lost trust in our capacity to make of our broken world a place that can become more beautiful."I am full of admiration of the L'Arche community so it was a real pleasure to read this book based on talks that Jean Vanier gave in 1998. There was a lot to think about in here so I'd like to read it again soon Not all of it comfortable, but lots of love in there. And a great story about the Pope's chair that I can so easily i [...]

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