a brief thought for Burns’ Day (25 January)


W e once had an adorable little dog namd Jamie – and Jamie was several sandwiches short of a full picnic. He moved, barked, slept, wagged his tail, but mister brain was not always firing on all cylinders.

He’s the only dog that I’ve known who ran away in fear when his bowl of biscuits and canned dog-food was placed in front of him – usually, he would find sanctuary under the TV set. His meal would be abandoned and , try as we would, he rarely returned to the fried up remains.

Then,one day, after the usual performance, he was tempted by some of our left-over sandwiches – and he ate them!

This gave me an idea: why not make him dog-food sandwiches and feed him from the dining room table?

So… into the kitchen, “Mighty White” bread and a delicious and tempting filling of Cesar premium canine meat with chicken, spread daintily on the bread and sliced up into little portions – yum!

Well, he sniffed them
He took one in his mouth
……………………………………………………………………………………………. then spat it out on the carpet.

Maybe he wasn’t as daft as he looked.

Sadly, if you dress up some things in fancy packaging, you can fool at least some of the people some of the time, but not everyone.

So many of us look at externals and judge thereupon – sometimes missing the essential worth of a product, or even of a person.

Unfortunately, when it comes tosome people, we rush to judgement and on occasion miss the intrinsic good or true value of a person.

One of the main planks of Robert Burns’ philosophy was the essential worth of the human spirit.

He couldsee through the fancy packaging; it didn’t matter whether a man wore moleskin breeks or ermine. The point was “Who are you as a person? Are you doing something to uplift others and make the world a better place?”

These were the criteria by which he assessed his fellows, whoever they might be.

The honest, social, selfless person is the ideal of a good citizen – the keystone of any society including our own.

It is when we recognise the essential worth of the human spirit, taught to the world two thousand years ago by Jesus Christ; only as we recognise that the one true basis of human brotherhood is the Fatherhood of God; then and only then will the Bard’s dream of “The Parliament of Man, the Federation of the World” be realised

“Then let us pray that come it may
As come it will for a’ that
That man to man the warld o’er
Shall brithers be for a’ that”

1 Comment

January 25, 2014 · 11:31

One response to “a brief thought for Burns’ Day (25 January)

  1. Samantha Thomson

    Lovely words Sandy, if only….


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