Going Against a Cultural Norm

Saturday 31 January 2009, by Willem Kuypers // Jean Vanier English

Sometimes today people have difficulty with the phrases “the poor” and “the weak”. The words “poor” and “weak” go against certain cultural norms that want everyone to be strong and powerful. Weakness is frequently considered a defect. However, little children are weak; they cannot fend for themselves. People with sever intellectual disability are weak; they cannot cope all alone. This does not mean that they have no value. We all have our limits and handicaps. We all need each other. But some people recognize their poverty; others do not.

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- Jean Vanier, An Ark for the Poor, p.14