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From Summer 2007 Issue

Yet Another View Of Doddy!

A few days ago I switched on TV and was delighted to find that Parkinson was interviewing our king of comedy, dear Ken Dodd. What a tonic this man is – as I mentioned in last quarter’s News Letter! Indeed, this time he spoke of how he loves to put good seed in to folk’s minds and to see how the good seed grows and spreads. At least, this was the gist of what I comprehended in a busy room. But then he went on to give some really funny jokes as well as possibly less humorous ones just to go away and make one think. One might call it indirect suggestion: planting a thought indirectly so that the mind might later work upon the same. Yes – I may be wrong – but in my mind reminiscent of the parable s given by Jesus where some would later go away remembering no more than a delightful story on the surface while ‘ those who have ears to hear’ would discern a deeper message, be it at a conscious or subconscious level. And bearing this in mind, our great presenter of mirth narrated in his own unique way what I remember as approximating the following story:

One camel said to another: why do we have two big humps on our backs? To which the more knowledgeable one replied: to carry on the water we need for treading miles over the desert. The other one asked: why do we have such massive eyelashes? In order to flick away the sand that blows our way. Why do we have such massive and cumbersome pads on our feet? Asked the most curious one. In order to protect our feet from the cutting sands of the desert. Replied the other. The following question remained unanswered and was the climax of the interview: ‘then why are we here in London zoo?’

Yes, the story was followed by much laughter, but to those who have minds to go deeper, it reflects that they’ve been taken out of the environment God created them for so that man might use them as creatures to be gazed upon in – for them – a most foreign and uncomfortable environment. And – as one who once qualified in psychotherapy – I find that such implanting of suggestion can have tremendous effect for good. Indeed, it must do as it was the very method constantly used by our Blessed Lord during His brief sojourn with us as Jesus of Nazareth. And one thing needs to be doubly emphasised: we must never think that our form of contributing to animal protection, care and action is right and that others are wrong. Heaven knows! We’ve seen what blinkered and dogmatic views have done to Christianity. Indeed, we see what its doing to the Muslim world today.

Let us oppose dogmatism and the arrogance it brings, all the way! As said before repeatedly: we are in the greatest of battles and in fighting the good fight we are contributing through many regiments whose methods can vary enormously. Then let us not take our eyes off the one enemy by taking slights at fellow comrades in different regiments to our own. I can assure you that I am not immune from the latter. But focusing on those who have belittled me as an extremist within Christendom, or not extreme enough outside of it, can only do one thing: embitter me within and, in so doing, release most harmful toxins within my body. As it is, crippled with arthritis at times, I ask My Lord: whom do I still bear a grudge against from the past? Lord, bring that one up to the surface of my mind that I might surround that one with forgiveness. I tell you in all humility that if we do not put the practice of forgiving those who have wronged us, and of going further: blessing those that have spitefully used us, then we have no right to call ourselves the children of our Father in Heaven. It’s not easy! Forgiveness that costs nothing is meaningless. True forgiveness takes real guts, and I confess that I’m still working on it at 77.

Go on to Judge not, for judgment is mine saith The Lord
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