Thought for the Week – Thursday October 7 2021

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A huge and striking artwork in the form of a wooden boat built and displayed in Tighnabruaich was given excellent coverage in the Oban Times of September 23.

Let’s hope, pray and act David’s Ark doesn’t become as famous as Noah’s. David did have help.

Let’s hope enough of us respond decisively, including councils, parliaments, governments and individuals that we can avoid great floods or, at least, adapt seriously enough to minimise the destruction.

In the Bible story, God promised not to send another flood to destroy the world. The rainbow as a sign of hope has been used in all sorts of ways since.

There are flood stories in many different traditions. There have been disastrous floods often over the centuries. Science now shows us both how much humanity is causing this and that there are many constructive ways to improve the situation. Many of these ways can also help with other immediate crises.

For example, better insulation cuts fuel use and therefore household bills. Lowering pollution reduces health problems. There are all kinds of employment opportunities.

If we’ve learned anything from the last couple of years it is surely that we ignore warning signs at our peril.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. I’m reminded of the quote: ‘What if it’s all a hoax and we make the world so much better for nothing?’

Climate change is real but in responding appropriately there is plenty of hope for solutions to other problems too. Remember the arks and don’t forget the rainbows.