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On Being Human

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Daisaku Ikeda
, 
René Simard
, 
Guy Bourgeault

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Guy Bourceault

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1At the conclusion of our “trialogue” on human life and health, it is, of course, impossible to tally up the results of this encounter between medical science and the evolution of medical practices, on one side, and ethical concern for the future of individuals, whole societies and the human race, on the other. The outcome, obviously, is humble. We have blazed some trails for thought, and perhaps for action. We have discussed some questions that we deem crucial and urgent, questions about life and death, health and illness. Most of all, we have discussed the meaning we can give to our own irremediably mortal lives—fragile, limited, and vulnerable to illness—and our constant struggle, our incessant search for balance.

2Discussions of life and health usually remain well within the limits of the biomedical domain—scientific, technological, and professional. In our discussions, however, we transcended those limits to include the anthropological, social, and political dimensions too often ignored. We explored social ethics and global issues. At the heart of problems linked to globalization—liberalization of financial policies, rationalization, relocation of multinational production to countries with lax laws and more easily exploitable labour, deregulation of an increasingly global market—problems that lead to social upheaval and political restructuring, lie the basic questions of life and death, the question of the health of individuals, societies and humankind in general. Today’s actions determine the fate of tomorrow’s humanity.

3The current dynamic of globalization is also nourished, however, by intercultural exchanges such as this dialogue. We have tried to break down the barriers between disciplines and cultures, not to quarrel, convince or win, but to learn from each other. To try to gain a better understanding of our ever-elusive reality.

4We come away from these discussions with more questions than answers, but—we hope—with better-formulated questions. As we have said several times along the way, health is a ceaseless search for an equilibrium that is forever precarious. Likewise, our quest for meaning is constantly contradicted by life experiences that forever push us to renew the quest.

5With our discussions over, we have each returned to our own path, the richer for the exchange. In reading this book, you too have participated in the discussion, and you too will return to your own unique path. We hope you find yourself enriched, more aware, and armed with a lucidity that boosts your momentum.

6We hope that life will treat you well, and with this we extend both the wish and the invitation to work toward the creation of a world where life is good for the greatest possible number of people.

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university of montreal

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