May you have patience for the long view – Archbishop of Canterbury on building to last

January 1, 2008 at 6:14 pm | Posted in Archbishop of Canterbury, Build to last, Climate change, Commitments, Culture, Disposables, Environment, Envisioning, Faith, Future, Habits, Legacy, Lifestyles, My photos, Reality, Recycling, Sustainability, Videos, Waste, YouTube | Leave a comment

Snow on Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead rubbish bin 23 January 2007

… God doesn’t do waste.

He doesn’t regard anyone as a waste of space, as not worth His time: from the very beginnings of life to its end, whether they are successful, articulate, productive or not.

And so, a life that communicates a bit of what God is like is a life that doesn’t give up: that doesn’t settle down with a culture of waste and disposability, whether with people, or with things.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, emphasises God’s appreciation of each and every one of us, and wonders what our lack of appreciation of ‘things’ (natural and manmade) may mean in terms of our lack of commitment to people. As you watch his New Year’s Day video message, reflecting our increasing awareness of how our lifestyles collectively impact our environment and damage it for future generations, listen out for his suggestions on how to tackle an enormous question, each by taking our own small positive step this week:

Perhaps a good resolution for the New Year would be to keep asking:

“What world do we want to pass on to the next generation?”

Indeed, to ask whether we have a real and vivid sense of that next generation.

A lot of the time, we just don’t let ourselves think about the future with realism.

A culture of vast material waste and emotional short-termism is a culture that’s a lot more fragile than it knows.

How much investment are we going to put in towards a safer, and more balanced, future?

A big question. But too big to avoid. And if we feel a bit paralysed by just how big it is, well, we can at least start this week by a visit to the nearest recycling bins …

Snow on Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead recycling bin 8 February 2007

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