I do believe there is a greater positive force than us and that whatever religion one is, there is a God. Whilst I am more aligned to Christianity, I find spiritual fulfilment in natural landscapes. It is not a coincidence that almost all the great spiritual leaders, including Jesus, spent significant time in the wilderness. The ultimate cathedral is in nature.
I don’t think too much about it. Except that I know how fragile life can be and it can be taken away in an instant. I think the afterlife is more about the collective spirit to be called on in need. I often feel the presence of past loved ones.
I would be with the people that I have loved in a place that is special to me – preferably a wild landscape. Somehow somewhere beautiful completes the cycle of life.
Human spirit – to reach beyond themselves.
Whilst human beings are generally positive, there is a deeply threatening cruel dark side of our race which can manifest as unemotional violence and I am very afraid of that.
Success can be measured on the ability to reach beyond self, on the ability to influence others to affect change in a meaningful way. Success for me is not materially based. It has to do with action, not words or wealth. Those are easy to dispense.
I think you need to know someone well before you can admire them. For me, there are a few: Dr Ian Player, my wife, Margot, and Mampela Rampela. They are extraordinary human beings and I know them deeply. Having said that, Desmond Tutu would be a great dinner guest and I would love to get to know him.
Awesome, and having walked on my own path.
Loyal, romantic, principled and selfish.
It’s not important to me.
To be a handyman.
That I had to wear foot braces as a child as my feet were growing out. You can imagine my childhood with both a serious stutter and a pair of braces!!
Raising money for charity is my business so whilst it is important, I try to use money as a leverage and opportunity for change. I believe in a hand up and not a handout.
Why do good people need to suffer? Why do terrible things, like natural disasters, occur in the poorest of areas?
That we can all live in harmony with ourselves and with nature. That we can restore the balance between the environment and ourselves.
Worried about the fact that we are totally out of balance. The sustainability of natural resources has now reached the tipping point and we should all be very, very worried.
Dr Ian Player once said to me that if you can truly change one person’s attitude for the better, through action, then you can change the world.
No. I don’t believe in regret. We need mistakes to learn and grow.
Get as broader and wider understanding of life as you possibly can. Don’t narrow yourself down to one particular area, as everything is connected – from the micro to the macro systems. And learn from nature. Fish Eagles know no boundaries. Think global and act local.
So much but it’s in the doing, not the talking.
I am a social and environmental change agent.
Probably something new every day. My curiosity leads me to a new experience on a daily basis.
As always trying to improve myself and always growing.
I love that SA has the ability to look at itself in the mirror, warts and all, and still have the space to laugh at ourselves. We are a reflective nation and a work in progress.
Off center, and needing to return to core values and beliefs.