Since September 11, 2001, we’ve been living in fear, vulnerability and uncertainty. It’s like we all lost our innocence in a sense and haven’t been able to regain it. Our peace of mind and heart has been shattered forever.
So,w hat can we do? Jean Vanier believes we have to regain our sense of peace. But dong this isn’t easy given the violence and potential threat to our peace and well-being. Most of us have lost a sense of where we’re going. But we can change all of that and find our own direction again.
We could do this by breaking the walls of hatred and ambivalence around our hearts and becoming loving and compassionate. We can do this by changing our heart from ambivalence and competition to love and understanding. We have to find ourselves before we can help others. We have to replace emptiness with meaning by adopting who we are. We have to bring unity and peace where there is conflict through love and compassion.
What is missing in our lives is love and compassion. If we can build that from the inside-out, we can become much more peaceful and peace will beget more peace and perhaps we could even be an example to others.
Peace must start with us. Then we’ll have a better world. What a GREAT message for all of us.
I loved this book from beginning to end!
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth
Author, Editor, and Philosopher