Food for thought

The world of reading – I mean actual ‘flesh and blood’ books alive in my hand – is full of countless wonders and perceptions and images that spark the imagination as long as one is alive.

Truth at risk

It is no longer in the natural order of things to tell the truth in public affairs.

Redirecting ourselves

There was once a visitor to Dublin, lost somewhere near the city centre who stopped and asked a passer-by for directions.

Those who sweeten life

Even at this Christmas time, the spirit grows weary with the weight of woe in the world at large and at home in Guyana.

When truth no longer matters

The great poets are easily recognizable; in a moment the minds knows, the heart feels, the spirit senses a quality involving silence and attention.

Poets’ advice

I have been re-reading Seamus Heaney, great Irish poet and Nobel Laureate. He was a wonderful, life-enhancing writer.

Confronting power

Most people are cowards.  Most people don’t want to trouble trouble lest trouble troubles them. 

Witnesses to evil

I am sometimes accused by bloggers, and often gently told by friends, that I am inclined to view life, and particularly life in Guyana, through a glass not darkly, but one beautifully rose-coloured.

We must take more care of the children

It is terrible how easily we bear the suffering of others. If only for one hour a day every man in the world could feel the hunger in the gut of a starving child in Bangladesh or Ghana or the Sudan, or the daily agony of what is happening to thousands of Syrian refugees perhaps the world would become a better place.

We need a new constitution

When one thinks about it, the concept of “Government” is a strange one for it assumes as its fundamental premise that certain men and women – human beings like you and me – can and should be allowed to take upon themselves the right to direct the rest of us what to do, presumably for our own good.

Human independence versus divine providence

If you think about it carefully it seems impossible to reconcile two things which most people would very much like to believe – one, that they enjoy free will and in some ultimate sense are masters of their fate, and, two, that the God of all creation is omnipotent and has a master plan for us all.

Get the old men up

Headlines which constantly remind us of lethal crime heighten the sense of life’s fragility in all of us.

The need to make hard choices

Consider yourself fortunate if you are right 51% of the time. Listen to the old Galician Jew, settled at last in his old age in a little house in an Israeli kibbutz after a hard lifetime including a brush with the unimaginable horror of Auschwitz.

If the world were to end next week

When I was young, and benefited not only from a fresh and eagerly absorptive mind but also from a strong belief that an eternity of life stretched in front of me, I loved to read big books, books of immense length.

Do not tell me what I want to hear

Sveinsson Knut, Canute the Great, King of England from 1016, King of Denmark from 1018 and King of Norway from 1030 until he died in 1035, was perhaps the most successful and effective of the early rulers of England.

What matters most

In my 84th year the time for ambition is long past. Nobody gets a return match between himself and his destiny.