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Monday, April 22, 2013
Human Bombers Vis-à-Vis Brave Dog -- Peter Black
news that broke last week about bomb blasts, detonated near the finishing line
of the Boston Marathon, was a reminder that danger can lurk anywhere, and that
such despicable deeds don’t only happen across the seas in places like
Afghanistan and Iraq.
now know who the alleged perpetrators were; they have been named. One is now
dead, while the other – his
young brother, is in serious condition in hospital from gunshot wounds. At the
time of writing it’s known that several people died – one of them an eight
year-old boy, and at least 170 were injured, some suffering loss of limb.
Source: National Post
of what motivated the perpetrators, the actions were products of misguided
minds and darkened hearts. The determination of the mind involves the function
of the brain. The brain is a physical organ. Neuroscientists and psychologists,
philosophers and theologians all seek to understand the nature of and
relationship between brain and mind; between body (biological) and mind (psychical).
the biblical writers spoke of the heart. That is, the heart – not so
much the physical pump that circulates blood through our bodies, but – as the
core of our spiritual being that influences our mind and will, ultimately
affecting our mental
Source: National Post
processes and resulting actions.
writer of the proverbs instructs his son: “. . . the way of the wicked is like
deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble. My son . . . pay
attention; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep
them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to
a man's whole body. Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring
of life” (Proverbs 4:19-23 NIV).
your heart” – the seat of our affections. How? By giving our minds over to
good; to love and embrace what is wholesome and good, and despise and reject
what is evil and bad. Who’s to say what’s good or evil? Is one person’s good
biblical narratives give examples of both. Through them we learn to distinguish
between good and evil, by learning to love. That is, love – not romance;
love, not self-interest. Love that seeks the highest good for another
and that seeks to do no harm.
email I received last week contained a series of photos of a fire truck and a
mother dog and her pups (see posted example). The event occurred in Chile. Here’s
my adaptation of the captions that told story:
an early morning response to a house fire, firefighters were amazed. Amanda, a
mother dog, risked her life to save her puppies from the fire . . . She raced
in and out of the burning house, depositing her 10 day-old puppies in the
safest place she could find – a fire truck! She’d already placed several
puppies in one of the truck’s equipment compartments, when an onlooker began
photographing. The firefighters were incredulous. They’d never seen a dog this
smart or brave!
let no one stop her, dashing back and forth through the open door into the
smoke and fire, until all her puppies were safe. However, the firefighters
sprayed a little water on her to keep her hair from scorching, as she made those
repeated trips. Even so, singeing was evident on her hindquarters, forehead and
all of her pups were rescued from the blaze, she nursed them, shielding them
with her body. Bystanders called an emergency veterinary service. Amanda and
her pups were rushed to a hospital. Although one puppy was treated for serious
burns and later died, the rest of the family is alive and well, thanks to this
heroic mother dog’s bravery. Amazing!
heroic treatment and commitment to her puppies’ welfare is a gaze-raiser!
Juxtaposed, these incidents provide stark contrast between evil actions and good actions.
a contrast between whatever motivated that mother dog’s action, and whatever
motivated the humans who plotted, planned and detonated those bombs at the
Peter A. Black is a
freelance writer in Southwestern Ontario, and is author of “Parables from the
Pond” – a children's / family book." (Finalist -- Word Alive Press
ISBN 1897373-21-X )
column, P-Pep! appears weekly in The Guide-Advocate. His articles
have appeared in 50 Plus Contact and testimony, and several
newspapers in Ontario.