“He that seeks the good of the many seeks in consequence his own good”- St Thomas Aquinas
“God loves a cheerful giver”- St. Paul
“A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity”- The Buddha
What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good." Aristotle
'UBUNTU': "I am because we are.”
“Try not to become a man of success, but a man of value” Albert Einstein
A very warm greetings to you all from Coventry.
What a wonderful time we had together at the beautiful and spiritual Waterperry House. We are grateful to the School of Economic Science for their self-less service, love, support and encouragement.
During our time together, we clearly showed that, yes, indeed, another path is possible: we kept our eyes on the better side of human nature, the side of love and compassion, rather than hatred and injustice; the side of the common good, rather than selfishness, individualism and greed.
We truly showed what it means to be of and for the common good, unleashing the power of passion and purpose. We lived together and pursued the common good.
Soon I will send you a more comprehensive report, outlining in more details the work of our Oxford Conference, the photos, the Award Ceremony and more. For now, we, who came together from different parts of the world, young and old, students and teachers, observers and story-tellers, experienced and newcomers, formed a community of committed and passionate gardeners, sowing seeds of sustainability, peace, justice and global friendship for the common good. In the wonderful and wise words of Rumi:
Tender words we spoke
to one another
in the secret vaults of heaven.
One day like rain,
they will fall to earth
and grow green
all over the world.
I thank you and wish you all well and look very much forward to seeing you all again at our next GCGI-SES Forum.
Yours as ever,