In this wonderful compilation of John Hullâ€s work he offers us wisdom and challenge as he draws to our attention the beauty and the breadth of possibilities for being human and living humanly in the midst of difference. If you are genuinely interested in understanding humanness, this book will certainly aid you on your journey.
This book is a rare and compelling exploration of how blind and sighted persons imagine the invisible. The author probes what it means for anyone to lose oneâ€s world, and argues for why our notion of disability demands a widening of the human. In so doing, the book is both a window and a mirror.
As a window, it reveals the authorâ€s desire for inner healing â€œthat comes from acceptance, from inclusion, from the breaking down of barriers through mutual understanding, for acceptance of different worlds, of different kinds of human life.â€�
As a mirror, it shows how and why we readers come to regard blindness â€œin the light of our unconscious cultural constructs.â€� Thus, it challenges our concepts of what is normal and fully human, and what it means to be impaired.
In many ways this is not an easy read because it pricks our pretenses. Yet, it is above all a work of hope because, true to his own calling as a teacher, John Hull concludes his work with a firm conviction that teachers, by their â€œexperience, familiarity and imaginationâ€� can cross over into the lives of another human being and â€œenter into several worlds.â€� Such teaching, he argues, contributes to building a better world in which it will be easier to accept varieties of normality. For sighted and blind persons this book is a rare gift and an elegantly argued challenge. I recommend it for students and teachers alike for their mutual pondering.