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February 13, 2017 / hbrowne4

The trouble maker from Rathmines By Brian Browne

A piece from two prompts:

“I know her, she’s that troublemaker from Rathmines” and a visual:


A lighthouse! something to steer by during times of storm or fog. I guess we all need something to guide us and once that thing is not leading us onto the rocks, well it really doesn’t matter what the guide is. Unfortunately that is not always the case. Abraham Lincoln famously said “You can fool all of the people some of the time, and you can fool some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.” So with the lighthouse. If and when it’s false it has the potential to bring a lot of people to destruction and it will. If it’s a genuine guide on the other hand then it will only be an instrument for good.

The problem then is how to tell which is which? When we are all at sea and storms are raging it can be quite difficult. However we must look to the light of what is true, decent and that which brings out the best in people. Anything which muddies the water or contributes to the storm must be rejected as false, misleading and destructive.

This applies to every, and any ideology whether it’s from the wrong side of the city or the wrong side of the world. We must be wary of trouble makers whether close to home or far away. Storms are storms no matter what causes them. When a storm becomes a war: well it has often been said that the first casualty of war is the truth. I recon that’s not quite right because truth is gone long before war begins. In my, not so humble, opinion the first casualty is actually whatever the war is fought for, be that freedom or resources.










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