- 15 Aug 03
Never one to shirk a challenge. The Whole Hog attempts to tackle the question which has perplexed many a theologian over the millenia. Does
You may believe in one God or in many. You may believe in none at all. Whatever. The idea of a Garden of Eden is embedded in many cultures by one name or another. A place apart, of fruitfulness and comfort and beauty, from which humans were barred and to which they might return. A promised land, a place of milk and honey and fresh food, free from junk mail, messy drunks and self-righteous anti-alcohol campaigners. A place where you could have whatever you fancied and not feel bad next day. Heaven, in other words.
But I digress. Today, I had a job done by Telecom Eireann, and none of the crew was Irish. One was from the UK, a second was North African and the third was African. It’s all change. And Ireland, for all the corruption and Western arrogance, is actually a pretty robust democracy, it’s relatively rich and it pays well. Furthermore, as we have seen in recent weeks, even when Europe bakes, it’s still about right here.