Human beings seem to have more appetite for scandal than for truth. I suppose it is more ‘interesting’. After all, a blameless life is often one in which there is relatively little incident to record, but I do wonder whether our delight in gossip and all its fellows coarsens our sensitivity to the nobler qualities in ourselves and other people. Yesterday, to mark our Foundation Day, we went to Raglan Castle, where our intrepid hound investigated everything with the same obvious delight and enthusiasm. He did not judge; he did not discriminate; he simply followed his nose and registered the various scents and smells with joyful exuberance. We cannot live so simply. We must discriminate; we must discern; but maybe learning to be a little more positive about our experiences, being less judgemental in the censorious sense, would be good for us. I don’t know. A nose for truth is about more than just searching out the less admirable/pleasant aspects of life. What do you think?