I am in the midst of listening to the unedited interview of Jean Vanier and I feel compelled to comment on the topic concerning the fears we have of people with disabilities. In part, he attributes this to the fear we all share in terms of acknowledging our own weaknesses. In that vein, I would like to add that economics is perhaps at the very heart of these fears. How do we love and nurture when we feel we are doomed to failure by the limitations of our economic resources, both financial and physical? What must we give up not only for ourselves but for others who are dependent upon us to be successful and do we have the strength for sacrifice? As a fundamental matter of survival, we often never get so far as to ask the second question, because lack of compassion or denial of compassion is inherently lost in the first question where spirituality struggles to exist.
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