Becoming Human Paperback – 1 May 1999
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About the Author
JEAN VANIER, the son of former governor general Georges Vanier, was educated in England and Canada. After eight years in the Royal and the Canadian Navy, he went to study in France, where he received his doctorate in philosophy, later teaching at St. Michael s College (University of Toronto). Distressed by the plight of people with developmental challenges, he founded L Arche communities, and Faith and L ight, two international networks of communities for people with disabilities. With many bestselling books and humanitarian awards to his name including the Pope Paul VI International Prize, the International Peace Award and the Companion of the Order of Canada Vanier lives in Trosly, France, in the original L Arche community he founded in 1964.
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I realise that the counter-argumentmight be that Jean Vanier is trying to distill all these experiences into a single summary. My second disappointment, however, was that the resulting summary (if that's what it is) generally delivers Vanier's ideas without development. They simply are what they are, with the occasional appeal to the New Testament, but more often to a universal human experience or wisdom. As a result, the book often felt dull and uninviting to read.
Lastly, the final chapter on forgiveness lacked the depth - and possibly the real world experience - of the rest of the book. The example of the Australian who doesn't like Germans because her grandfather was gassed in WW1 really grated. As the philosopher Al Murray would say: "get over it!" How many Germans did she meet every day in Australia!
I will give the book another go another time. Maybe it will be better on second reading.
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