Kenneth Roy’s Notebook on 'passing away' as a description of death reminds me of the old Highland expression of 'passing on'. It was a reminder that life’s journey is not to a dead end, but that there is a destination. Death, whether peaceful or traumatic, was seen in the dimension of the evidence of the resurrection from the logic of which people could experience comfort in a framework of meaning to life. It was just 'earthly remains' which were buried, the earthly container whether grown tired or destroyed beyond the skill of the surgeons to repair.

Far from being a placebo 'pie in the sky' notion, irrelevant to the daily routine of office, shop floor, and social life, the Christian belief that we are more than the biochemical mix affects attitudes and actions now. For a consistent application of the belief that people matter to God for eternity, is that we treat each person as an individual who matters, i.e. with respect, integrity and care. Those who are authentically the most heavenly minded are the most heavenly use, for then they seek by God’s power to live by the values of heaven and implement them in every aspect of society, locally and globally, in our industry, on our streets, etc., sometimes in an organised way but often by honest, gracious and caring interface with others.

That is no 'passing' whim...that is lasting, and worth passing on to others!

Sandy Gunn


My answer to Kenneth Roy's question, 'Would you lift a finger to save the British mainstream press', is emphatically yes. Not all of it of course. The Daily Mail is probably beyond redemption, and, well, the Express and the Star too, as Mr Roy eloquently suggests, but the role of the press is probably more vital than ever in this new era of fake news and the dominance of social media in the dissemination of theories, phobias and fixations.

My wife and I support the Guardian financially just as we do the Scottish Review – to contribute to the survival of independent reporting and opinion, needed even more as a counter to the vitriol and poison emanating in seemingly ever greater volumes to our right. And to make sure someone is holding our elected representatives to some form of account when neither the UK nor the Scottish parliament is hardly rising to this challenge.

I hope Mr Roy’s question was not really rhetorical, the role of press barons notwithstanding.

Jonathan Callaway

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