Why Do the Strong Need the Weak?

Intelligent Life | 2015-02-02

There’s a Chinese proverb that goes, “It’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness”. I thought of it a few days ago as I joined an audience of peers, MPs and policymakers, squeezed into a small panelled room in the House of Lords. We had gathered to listen to Jean Vanier, a tall, white-haired 86-year-old French Canadian whom I wrote about in Intelligent Life last year. He’s the founder of L’Arche, an international charity providing homes in which men and women with mental disabilities live with “normal” people, and he’d been invited to address the question, “Why do the strong need the weak?”


Jean of Ark

Intelligent Life | 2014-08-04

Fifty years ago, an ex-naval officer invited two men with mental disabilities to live with him. Now L’Arche has communities all over the world. Maggie Fergusson talks to its founder, Jean Vanier

The "Mensch" I Hope Wins the Nobel Peace Prize

| 2012-06-29

 It has been said that one true measure of civilization is how well we treat the most vulnerable members of our society.
If there's one man who truly understands the importance of kindness, compassion and understanding it's Jean Vanier, the Founder of L'Arche.