I was out and I had a genuinely enjoyable day; and I come home and check some of the stories on BBC; they are really bleak. Really bleak. Here are some of the most disturbing ones I found.
1. Dental students’ growing tendency to avoid NHS work http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/6983060.stm
2. Roman Catholic Chruch sex abuse being finally acknowledged (it is too long overdue) http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/6984405.stm
3. Scare tactics in a so-called ‘war on terror’ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/6984102.stm
4. Parents suspected to have been involved in murder of own daughter http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6983604.stm
5. The predominance (and significant impact) of depression http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/6981678.stm
There is so much to trouble us in this age, let alone our own personal lives which impact upon us with just as much force. People often say ‘this is not the best of all possible worlds, as if it were an obvious truism. In the words of a tutor of mine, Leibniz “was no fool”, and knew well of the calamities of human life. I shall spare the argument for or against regarding the Leibniz claim. However, there seems to be much bleakness about the world and it troubles me greatly.
M, Sinistre and I were taught to be first and foremost, Men for Others. We haven’t been paying too much attention to the world, and many question the sincerity of our collegial ethos. In our most despearate times, we must give everything, to do the necessary, or to do one’s duty, is no proud act, it is an imperative.
He sat down opposite the treasury and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on”. Mark, 12:31-44