Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 11:48
The preciousness and fragility of what we value


Ray Georgeson

It feels like an understatement to say that the world feels like a fragile place at the moment.  What with urban unrest at home, economic uncertainty, the crisis of deficit, famine in East Africa, and radiation in Japan to name but a few, there is plenty to be worried about.  And I haven’t even mentioned the constant and underlying crisis of climate change, yet again off the news agenda until the next disaster exacerbated by climate change hits the headlines.

 In all of this, the desire to hold onto that which is dear, close and familiar to us becomes ever stronger.   Whether this is our loved ones, our family, our football team or our community doesn’t much matter – the point is that we are drawn back to the familiar, the comfortable, the respected and the loved.

When we lose something or someone in ways that might be beyond our control, the sense of shock and displacement is even stronger.  The passing of a family member, friend or colleague unexpectedly, the loss of a familiar building in the community, the destruction of a home in a natural disaster – no doubt you will have your own thoughts on how this feels and the impact it has.

It makes it all the more important to be thankful for what we have, hold on tight to our family and friends and respected colleagues, and not to squander that which we seem to so easily let go in today’s world – traditions, conversation and the passing on of stories, resources whether it be materials or money, the networks of family and friends that bind us together.

I wish I had all the answers – I certainly don’t.  But I hope that this moment in time will help us renew our desire to keep our families and communities strong, conserve our precious nature and resources and keep building a world that we can be proud to call home.


Written in tribute to Kit Strange (1954-2011), Director of the Resource Recovery Forum