Daily Thoughts from Jean Vanier - 9/27/09

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Dissipating Aggression

In many communities there is someone who is more fragile than the others, who seems to provoke all their aggression and becomes the butt of their blame, criticism and mockery. Once the aggression, bullying or rejection is unleashed, it is very difficult to control. So another person must absorb the aggression. It may be done by playing the fool. Then the aggression is gradually transformed and the crackle of tension is dissipated in the light of laughter.

- Jean Vanier, Community and Growth, p.125

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