There are two topics that keep cropping up, kind of “near” me these days and I cannot be bothered to engage with them.
And yet here I am, writing about them, almost against my will.
Scottish Independence and Creationism.
If I were at a dinner party this evening and was sitting between a vocal pro-independence person and a loquacious creationist, I would struggle, I really would.
*enter my son*
*son reads post so far over my shoulder*
SON: “Do you want Scotland to be independent? Yes or no?”
* Sanstorm weeps*
With the independence thing, I want to know (kind of) the actual arguments for independence because on the face of it, to me, it seems like a daft idea. I reckon I’m as Scottish as the next person, with a special interest in the language, the land, the literature and the history – but I was born in England. I don’t feel oppressed in the least and figure that our population is microscopic – and the politicians seem bent on providing everything for “free” – which has got to be short-sighted, surely. As it can’t really be free. And who is going to pay the taxes when we all get on the easyjet and leave?
All the media seem so far has shown is people getting emotional about Scottishness, which I don’t so far see as incompatible with unionism.
But, as I say, I feel “wrong” and know nothing of any substance to defend my apathetic stance in a dinner party context.
The creationist thing is a more vague gripe. The other day I went to google “Why are Creationists Creationists” and the google suggestions before I got to the second “Creationists” were less than complimentary. I get why Baptists are Baptists. I get why Catholics are Catholics. I get why Presbyterians are Presbyterians – but the Creationist thing leaves me… wondering why one would find Creationism central enough to ones faith to describe oneself as Creationist.
Again, I feel “wrong”, but I don’t think that it matters.
In a similar way to my Britishness and Scottishness mingling happily in my political core, I have no problem with whatever science says and whatever the bible says. Whatever various scientists say, there is room for God. Big bang, evolution – whatever – “God created the heavens and the earth” however he did it, I reckon. I don’t see how generating theories about pre-history helps spiritually. I get how it helps scientifically, but spiritually, I am happy to go with whatever seems scientifically sensible and to marry that to my faith that God is in control, no matter what.
So, with the referendum looming in a year, I weary at the thought of the necessary debate that I’ll have to listen to and take part in until I get to cast my vote. I just wish someone impartial would do the maths and hand me it on a post-it note, so I knew what the sensible vote would be.
And with the Creationist thing – each to their own, but I don’t get it. And am not interested in getting it, unless I am missing some point that I can’t even see.
In a way, it would be a relief not to get any comments on either of these topics, as I am not interested in discussing them in real life.
Right, I’ll go and get back on my very comfortable fence (by whatever means it came to be), swathed in tartan and sip some English tea.