Walking the Dog

We delude ourselves if we think dogs want to go anywhere ; we are the only animals that have an insatiable desire to see new places.

The desire is so strong in some they unwittingly engineer their own deaths and are held in awe for so doing.

My dog finds endless interest in where he happens to be and its not always easy to get him to move on. The ground , the trees , the grass and the fences ,to him , are as good as a book to me.

I’m forced to stand around but he is happy , nose to the ground. Some maintain it is their acute sense of smell, while we are egged on by our eyesight , but the migrant farsighted bird travels huge distances not to view the scenery, but to find a better place , because circumstances have changed.

Among the whole kingdom of the living man is the restless one , the seeker, the traveller and now he has set his sights on Mars.

Half-Truths

They are extremely useful : ‘ where have you been? ‘Oh just around , not far. ‘ Did you speak to John about his bike ? No he was too busy.

I saw him fighting so I knew he was a violent character, but his dress gave it away as well.

Most of us use them to avoid telling the whole truth ; to get ourselves off the hook or even to convince others that our opinions are correct.

Donald Trump has just released a perfect half- truth by comparing London to New York regarding violent crime and murder. The two cities are comparable and both have a history of violence as pointed out in a careful analysis by the BBC.

Mr Trump implies that although London has very strict gun laws violence and killing are still going on there with knives , and that proves that strict gun laws are no defence against violent death.

Are pupils being shot in their colleges? Are churches and clubs being invaded by gunmen shooting at random?

The media are guilty in the extreme of using true facts to support false conclusions, knowing full well that many will believe their conclusions.

Algebra , science and languages are fine subjects for our young students but will they alone help them to sort out the world which has so many voices shouting information at us day and night.

I detect already an unwillingness by students to listen to those with certain opinions , opting for confrontation rather than debate, the politics of the mob and the lynching party.