What Does It Mean to Be Human?: Reverence for Life Reaffirmed by Responses from Around the World / Edition 1

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In an inspirational act of faith and hope, nearly one hundred contributors--social activists, thinkers, artists and spiritual leaders--reflect with poignant candor on our shared human condition and attempt to define a core set of human values in our rapidly changing socity.

Contributors include:
* The Dalai Lama
* Wilma Mankiller
* Oscar Arias
* Jimmy Carter
* Cornel West
* Jack Miles
* Mother Teresa
* Nancy Willard
* Elie Wiesel
* James Earl Jones
* Joan Chittister
* Mary Evelyn Tucker
* Vaclav Havel
* Archbishop Desmund Tutu

What Does It Mean To Be Human? is a vital meditation on the endless possibilities of our humanity.

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One of the contributors is a businessman and contemplative living in Aberden, Scotland. Another is described as " a highly respected German feminist theologian and author" still another, as &#34a Jungian analyst in Fort Wayne, Indiana". Mother Teresa and The Dalai Lama are on the list, but so are actor James Earl Jones and Leonard Marks, celebrity lawyer. Microbiologists and housewives share the podium for a very good reason: When contemplating the nature of being human, none of us have a monopoly on the truth.
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"A truly noble and intelligent project...better than all the millenial summings

up." — Russell Banks

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312271015
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 11/3/2001
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,562,522
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Frederick Franck is the author of twenty-seven books including the classic Zen of Seeing, My Days with Albert Schweitzer, and A Little Compendium on That Which Matters.

Richard Connolly is a communications art professor at SUNY.

Janis Roze teaches biology at CUNY.

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Table of Contents

Prologue 1
Rhena Schweitzer Miller 8
Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama 11
Rabbi Avraham Soetendorf 13
Jack Miles 17
Elie Wiesel 20
Yehudi Menuhin 22
Mary Evelyn Tucker 24
Oscar Arias 26
Facundo Cabral 27
Dorothea Solle 29
Thomas Berry 32
Jose Munoz 39
C. Richard Chapman 42
Nancy Willard 45
Joseph Rotblat 47
Charlie Musselwhite 51
Vaclav Havel 53
Richard Connolly 56
Daniel Martin 57
Raimon Panikkar 61
Ram Dass 64
Donella Meadows 67
Seyyed Hossein Nasr 70
Gary MacEoin 77
Willis Harman 79
Juliet Hollister 83
Mother Teresa 85
Mary Palmer Smith 88
Georg Feuerstein 91
Carman Moore 93
Huston Smith 95
Amanda Bernal-Carlo 102
Monsignor William Linder 105
Alexander Eliot 109
James Parks Morton 112
Leonard Marks 114
Nancy Jack Todd 117
Patrick Clarke 120
Arno Gruen 123
Robert Aitken 129
Anne E. Goldfeld 130
James Finn Cotter 134
Gillian Kean 136
Catharina Halkes 138
Dean Frantz 142
Cornel West 144
Joan Chittister 149
Rupert Sheldrake 154
Janis Roze 159
Willem A. M. Alting von Geusau 163
Chungliang Al Huang 166
Jacques Langlais 170
Ludek Broz 174
Pedro Aznar 177
Satish Kumar 180
Joanna Macy 185
Stephen Hoe Snyder 189
Naomi Shihab Nye 191
John Grim 193
Arn Chorn-Pond 195
James M. Mboje 198
Lukas van Witsen Franck 200
Richard Kiley 203
Harry M. Buck 206
Virginia Ramey Mollenkott 208
Judith Thompson 210
Catherine de Vinck 213
James Heisig 215
Leonardo Lazarte 217
Rustum Roy 220
Tomin Harada 223
Annelie Keil 226
Arthur Frank 231
Thomas Bezanson 237
Anne Wilson Schaef 239
Ervin Laszlo 242
James Earl Jones 245
Mel King 246
Ralph White 248
Ramon Pascuel Munoz Soler 251
Daniel Berrigan 255
Denize Lauture 257
Wilma Mankiller 258
Catherine Bernier 260
Constance Carlough 262
David Krieger 263
Ruth Slickman 265
Akihisa Kondo 267
Archbishop Desmond Tutu 269
Ashis Nandy 273
Harvey Cox 279
Frederick Franck 284
Editors' Note 287
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2007

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    What, actually, does it mean? We humans have been searching for that answer as long as we've been here. But, as Vincent van Gogh said about the artist, that 'he is always seeking without absolutely finding,' the same thing is true for our quest to understand what it means to be human. Frederick Franck did something about that by bringing together an inconceivably wide and rich collection of thoughts on this question from great minds and spirits all over the world who have given thought to the question - and sent these thoughts to him at his request. Not only is this immense treasure significant to us all, it is also convenient to read, as all the participants have expressed their thoughts in terse, concise offerings of a few pages. In other words, you can get inspired whenever you have a few moments and the need. Clever, that Frederick Franck! This book will touch you in many ways and will give you reasons to touch others. I love to give copies to friends - for no reason at all other than to share it.

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