Bro Duncan PBGV Speaks His Mind

I have been listening to BigSis and LittleSis discussing world events and am frustrated by my inability to tell them what I think, so I’ll tell you instead.

Many big human problems are, in essence, little ones, but you complicate matters with your pride and your long memories of injustice and your inability to forgive. You think you are being brave when you make lots of noise and brandish guns and grenades. You congratulate yourselves when you kill someone. Worst of all, you try to drag God into it. Whether you call him God or Allah doesn’t matter, you blaspheme when you destroy his children, but you don’t seem to recognize that. I’m not sure what sort of heaven or paradise you think you will earn, but I suspect it may be too hot for comfort. Think, for a moment, of all the tears you have caused to stream down the cheeks of people just like yourselves, who love their families and want them to live long and happily. Think of all the pain, and ask yourselves, does it have to be like this?

I have been thinking about all the dogs in France waiting for a Special Someone to come home who won’t be coming home after the terrible attacks on Friday. I don’t think there will be many dogs in Raqqa doing the same after the bombing last night, but I expect there will be lots of cats waiting for their staff to turn up and being disappointed. We dogs and cats are united in this: in our condemnation of violence and the glee with which you humans greet your mutual destruction. BigSis was telling me about all the angry words she has been reading and how people accuse each other of being ‘wet’ and ‘naive’ if they don’t subscribe to the current orthodoxy, and how Muslims are living in fear of retaliation and Christians are worried about further attacks on them and everyone is going round blaming everyone else; and I just want to shout, ‘Stop!’ And I think God wants to shout ‘Stop!’ too, only you humans aren’t listening to him.

I’m not a very clever dog and I don’t do politics or stuff like that but living with Them I have learned something important about Christianity. You can’t stop being Christian when you are under attack. That’s when you really learn what it means to live by the mercy of God, when you learn what it means to forgive and make peace with your enemy. No one ever said it would be easy. When you come to the monastery, the first thing you see is a big cross with the figure of Christ hanging on it. That is the price of mercy and forgiveness. We dogs instinctively understand that; so why don’t you?

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10 thoughts on “Bro Duncan PBGV Speaks His Mind”

  1. Thank you so much Bro – I think this is the best blog you have ever written. How is it possible that a PBGV can have such a great insight about human affairs? I believe that if humans could think and act more like especially PBGV’s, there would be a much greater chance for peace on this planet. We humans really don’t know what is best for us, so thank God we have someone like you and your like-minded, to tell us how terrible we behave and how much damage we do to both ourselves and all other people of God. You really are a clever hound.

  2. A thought-provoking post Bro Duncan. We have only one dog in our (extended) family – a clever kelpie called Russ.
    I have a favourite cat poem though “My Cat, Jeoffrey” by Christopher Smart and I hope you like these lines from it

    For he keeps the Lord’s watch in the night against the adversary.
    For he counteracts the powers of darkness by his electrical skin and glaring eyes.
    For he counteracts the Devil, who is death, by brisking about the life.
    For in his morning orisons he loves the sun and the sun loves him.

  3. You are one wise hound, Bro. Duncan! I really like what you said about how we humans blaspheme God when we commit violence. We fly in the face of the One Loving Creator of all life when we destroy the gift of life. My little black cat, Grace Margaret (Gracie for short) reminded me that in the Kingdom of God fulfilled in Jesus we cannot demand “an eye for an eye.” However much we are wounded, seeking revenge will only make us suffer more, suffer longer! Why can’t we humans learn that “blessed are the peacemakers?”

  4. “Peter, put away your sword”. How difficult we find this, and have found it so down all the centuries. So tragic. How wise the animal kingdom, especially dogs. They never take offence and they love extravagantly – thank you for your insights, Bro Duncan. Suki (looking down her long greyhound nose) says you are right indeed….and deserve an edible treat of some sort as a thank you……

  5. Thank you for your comments. It is a difficult subject when we are all feeling very raw (and I AM a French hound, as you know). But we mustn’t let the terrorists win, and we will do if we are untrue to ourselves. Love and licks, Dunc xx

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