In this book—"a truly noble and intelligent project" (Russell Banks)—nearly one hundred notable contributors reflect on the joys, mysteries, and responsibilities that collectively define being human in today's rapidly changing world. Seriously exploring the meanings and motives of hope and despair, peace and war, faith and loss, and other related matters, the social activists, thinkers, artists, and spiritual leaders assembled herein address not only being human but being humane.
Such worthy minds and generous souls as the Dalai Lama, Wilma Mankiller, Jimmy Carter, Cornel West, Jack Miles, Mother Teresa, Elie Wiesel, Mary Evelyn Tucker, Vaclav Havel, and Archbishop Desmund Tutu reflect with poignant candor on our shared conditions and experiences. In doing so, they come to define a core set of human values. What Does It Mean To Be Human? is a vital meditation on the endless possibilities of our humanity.