Sunday, 04 April 2004
Pix Of The Day: Casting Pearls Before Swine
CREDIT: © Dave Newton/Daves-Lakeland-Mountains.co.uk
WHERE: English Lake District. WHAT: good dogs, fine summits.
MAP: English Lake District. Thumbnail clicks pop-up larger images.
After several months of struggling with relocation problems, Dave Newton is back with a double  update! Dave muses upon the vagaries of entering photographic competitions, and the seemingly impossible task of pleasing the self-important, self-appointed judges.
OK we 'fess up: 'self-important' and 'self-appointed' were our words, not Dave's: we regret the inaccuracy; sometimes we are not self-appointed. Our own view is that anyone incapable of empathizing with the pleasure of being with one's dog on a Lakeland summit is clearly lacking in any aesthetic gravitas or, through a missed experience of one of life's essential formative experiences, possesses a seriously impoverished critical faculty. On reflection they deserve pity not condemnation.
The King James Bible offers the following advice when it says in Matthew 7:6 'Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.' Personally, because we think advice that is not accompanied by convincing supporting explanation is suspect, we ignore the bit about dogs. The bit about swine is good advice, despite its regrettably implicit anti-porcine prejudice: we have known a number of pigs whose company was infinitely preferable to some people we have met.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)