EppsNet Archive: Scotland

An Atheist Falls Into a Swamp . . .

17 Mar 2018 /
Man in a swamp

[David Hume] once fell into a swamp near the house he was building in Edinburgh. Owing to his reputation among the locals as an atheist, a woman refused to pull him out of it until he recited the Lord’s Prayer and the Belief, which, being practical-minded, he did. But not before he argued with her about whether Christians were obligated to help their enemies.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black Swan

A Man’s a Man For A’ That

9 Dec 2015 /
Robert Burns

What though on hamely fare we dine,
Wear hoddin grey, an’ a that;
Gie fools their silks, and knaves their wine;
A Man’s a Man for a’ that:
For a’ that, and a’ that,
Their tinsel show, an’ a’ that;
The honest man, tho’ e’er sae poor,
Is king o’ men for a’ that.

— Robert Burns, “A Man’s a Man For A’ That”