Thought for the Week

Campbeltown Courier - - VIEWPOINT - With Mar­i­lyn Shed­den

I AM WRIT­ING this on the very wild and stormy is­land of Ar­ran in the lovely vil­lage of Kil­do­nan.

The weather has been dread­ful and we are now await­ing the rem­nants of hur­ri­cane Ophe­lia to bat­ter us.

Our hol­i­day house is right on the beach and looks across to the is­lands of Pladda and Ailsa Craig.

The waves are huge and the sea is act­ing out its own ex­cit­ing drama.

Seabirds are tossed about on the sea cur­rents and the trees are al­most bent back­wards.

The barks of our col­lies dis­ap­pear silently into the wind.

I have been read­ing the in­for­ma­tion in the cot­tage and have been fas­ci­nated by the evo­lu­tion­ary story of this lovely is­land.

Ev­i­dently just on the beach in front of us, foot­prints have been found of di­nosaur ac­tiv­ity around 240 mil­lion years ago.

This par­tic­u­lar type of di­nosaur was known as Isochi­rothe­o­rium her­culis, which trans­lates as ‘hand beast’ sim­ply be­cause the rear foot­prints re­sem­ble a hu­man hand. I was amazed when I saw the pho­to­graphs as the prints are ex­actly like a hu­man hand.

It is re­mark­able to think that life has been on this small is­land for more than 240 mil­lion years. What a small part we play in this huge drama of life and can we pos­si­bly con­tem­plate the next 240 mil­lion years?

Per­son­ally I doubt very much if our planet will be around in another 240 mil­lion years.

How­ever we are called to do what we can to pro­tect this planet while we can.

We are called to be good stew­ards and to look af­ter our world.

Eco-ter­ror­ism threat­ens this beau­ti­ful globe and un­less we take ac­tion now, hu­man be­ings will be but for­got­ten foot­prints in the sand.

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