Merriam Webster’s On-line Dictionary defines the words “Sustain”, “Ability” and “Sustainable” as:
Sustain: “to provide what is needed for (something or someone) to exist, continue, etc.”
Ability: “the quality or state of being able; especially : physical, mental, or legal power to perform; competence in doing : skill>”
Sustainable: “able to be used without being completely used up or destroyed; involving methods that do not completely use up or destroy natural resources; able to last or continue for a long time”
I recently watched an interview with Prince Charles. I found it fascinating for a few reasons.
One, I got to see a different side to “Skinny Jeans”, aka George Stroumboulopoulos, (I should get a hundred bucks if I copied that out right from the interview’s title), i.e. in a suit jacket, but alas, no tie.
Anyhoo, I was pleasantly surprised by Prince Charles.
One thing he said that really stuck in my brain was that we (humans) create “rich ghettos” and “poor ghettos”, but there is nothing stopping us from building communities where rich and poor live side by side.
In my neighborhood, it feels like this is already the case. We have privately owned homes, alongside rentals and lower income properties.
It would be cool to see developers begin to plan communities such as described above. (I can hear some groanings out there; Prince Charles is living in his fancy protected castles and mansions, not practicing what he’s preaching. But, he’s going to be the freakin’ King…You don’t get to walk on the front lawn of any world leader’s private home…In fact, at the White House, they’ll sick the dogs after you if you try…)
HRH also spoke about “duty” in a good way. The implication of “duty” is that it is something one MUST do, without choice, almost begrudgingly.
The Prince was brought up to put others first, to do things for others. This is his duty, and one that he does not seem to begrudge at all (how very fascinating!).
And, so where do you or I fit in? We do not have the privileges being royal would afford. The Prince’s interview made me think about my “duty”. What is it that Ellie’s heart is telling her to do? What is my duty? To friends? To family? To my community? To my country? To the world?
It stirred deeper thoughts and questions inside of me. (I am still processing!) As a Christian, a follower of Jesus, this is how I am supposed to live. My life is to be lived for others. Easy to write. Hard to do.
Prince Charles received a tonne of criticism when he first began to ‘challenge the status quo’ with respect to things like community development, sustainability, environmental concerns, etc., but he kept going, persisting, moving forward in spite of all the negative publicity.
That’s the unenviable part of his ” job” of being on the world stage.
But, here is a person who did not give up or back down. Am I allowed to say the Prince has got some “balls”? A good quality in a leader I think.
I read a blog, (from CareerJoy), where he talked about there are always new ways of doing things, feeding the hungry, etc. Let’s try to be creative to get some good things done, together!
Here’s to the ‘sustainability’ of Prince Charles, along with the full interview. I don’t think I ruined it all, just most of it. 🙂