Why I nominated French philosopher Jean Vanier for the world’s top religious prize

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Jean Vanier, the French philosopher who is being awarded the Templeton Prize, stands at around six-and-a-half feet tall. The height of his body reflects the depths of his heart. In 1964 Vanier did a small thing. After spending time in Paris in various institutions for people with intellectual disabilities, he emerged shocked and determined to change things. As he has since put it:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The whole reality of disabilities is scandalous. I have visited many numbers of institutions and found that people with disabilities are the most oppressed people in this world. Why do we reject people that are fragile?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Period18 May 2015

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