Excerpt from the April RCS Vancouver Island Circular:
What does a President say after a most successful Commonwealth Day Luncheon on Monday, 09th March, and now finds himself located in the midst of a global pandemic when everyone is becoming self-designated “stay at homers”?
He could say a number of things, but perhaps the most significant thing would be to acknowledge that life is in a grand transition, not only physically, but also, economically, socially, and even, ecologically.
Perseverance and patience, along with creativity and innovation, will be in great demand in order to design a new reality for the future such that all people may emerge with benefits and prosperity.
This newness of reality for life is often established upon strong metaphysical notions of resurrection or reincarnation (or the biological notion of autopoiesis). Perhaps, this transition can be built upon virtues of RCS: Respect, Curiosity, Service. These three virtues, as principles for a new reality, are embedded with individual interpretations and corporate understandings. At the core, therein lies the beginnings of conversations.
One person in wisdom noted that namawyut (we are all one); or another from a different cultural perspective noted ubuntu (I am because we are). A modern day adventurer might say:
“We descend from explorers who ‘conquered’ unknown worlds. We have the blood of the brave.
We have the heart of the warrior. Now let us go out and make our ancestors proud?”
Let this be some of the beginnings of a transition conversation for a new reality where RCS prevail.
In December 2018, RCSVI celebrated the creation of an Education Legacy Fund (an ELF) as an endowment with the Victoria Foundation so that we can guarantee a source of revenue to support youth in building their knowledge and experience of life in the Commonwealth. In 2019, RCSVI celebrated its centennial.