Thought for the day 11 July

July 11

The First Minister reportedly said yesterday, ‘If it feels normal, it is wrong’. Sounds like an exam question in English: statement followed by ‘Discuss’. I am grateful to the late Ian McCrorie (of steamers, Toad Choir and Clic Sergeant) for highlighting in a Presbytery debate the difference between ‘normal’ and ‘natural’. ‘Normal’ is about conventions, about what the majority of people do. ‘Natural’ is about what springs from human nature – good or bad. There are things that spring from the good side of  human nature – like caring for neighbours, appreciating the contribution of low-status key workers – that we would like to see become ‘normal’. There are other things (from leaving litter and worse at beauty spots to domestic and other abuse) that we most definitely do not want to be ‘normal’


Lord, there are good and bad sides to our human nature. Help us to develop the good side, and address the issues associated with the bad. Help us to develop a new ‘normal’ that is more caring and inclusive. Help us too to cope with the abnormal situation of this pandemic, and remember to abide by the guidelines


PS We’ll head down the covered walkway to the pier and catch the ferry over to ‘Sweet Rothesay Bay’ and have a wee tour round Bute

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One Response to Thought for the day 11 July

  1. Anne M says:

    Ian thanks for your continued daily Thought for the Day and it was lovely to see that the one that you posted about The 51st Highland Division has been printed in the July edition of the Community Advertiser

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