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The story of Jean Vanier about the laughing core member and the visitor who only saw it as sad really touched me. It speaks to the way in which we project so much baggage onto our experience and smother the joy out of it.

The discussion with the military chaplain about how it takes weeks to train someone to kill, and then we dump them from combat scenes onto the streets in 48 hours. That dis-symmetry was shocking news to me and particularly startling: I have trouble adjusting to a vacation after working full-time for a few months, so I can't even imagine the kind of spiritual whiplash experienced by those returning from war.