Towards a Sustainable Prosperity
Ultimately, our prosperity is about more than just material pleasures. It extends beyond material interests and resides in the quality of our lives and in the health and happiness of our families. It is in the strength of our relationships and our trust in the community. It appears from the satisfaction we experience in our work and in our sense of shared purpose and destination. It all depends on our ability to participate fully in the life of society. Sustainable prosperity consists in our ability to flourish as human beings – within the ecological limits of a finite planet. The challenge for our society is to create the conditions under which this is possible.
Prosperity arrives when people can come into their own and thrive; achieving a greater social cohesion and a better level of well-being, while still limiting the damage to the environment. It is imperative to realize each owns individual desires in good harmony with the shared responsibility for others and the community.
Our first challenge is connecting more prosperity with a greater quality of life. This is what we mean by a sustainable prosperity and why we are encouraging it.