Geez! Dr. James Hynds – you must be raising your eyebrows punctiliously these days everytime you introduce yourself as Scottish.
James was my classmate from Glasgow, but now works in UCLA as a bioethics professor and clinical ethicist. He was a former Dominican Blackfriar monk from Oxford. A blue-bodied Dominican, he always drowned me with quotes from Aquinas, and endlessly almost to the point of boredom, listened to him expound the principle of double effect. All of us in the classroom agreed he was a
bar-hopping brilliant Aquinas scholar tutored by another Scottish scholar Professor Gerard Magill (now at Duquesne). Pardon me for cracking the book.
But who wouldn’t say it’s a bit of an eccentricity when instead of taking the school shuttle, you let the shuttle wheeze past you because you would rather walk the 2-km distance to school? And everytime I opened my umbrella on rainy days, you would laugh at me. I knew then how the Highlanders love the wet season. Geez – when you showed me your 1.0 grade for an essay on what else but double effect, you proudly showed me the attached comment: “Brilliant! You made the Scotsman proud!”
But Susan Boyle is changing the page of the
pantheon roster of famous Scots, James. Sure, Susan would diverge from the likes of poet Robert Louis Stevenson, John Knox (I don’t care if you raise your brows again on this Calvinist reformer), the fat philosopher David Hume, and the medical genius penicillin inventor Alexander Fleming.But Susan Boyle is redefining greatness by being small, meek, playful, serving, and talented. So, among the list of these famous Scots, I am definitely adding Susan Boyle. I don’t have your email so if you are reading this, please do leave a comment. Don’t worry – it’s way far from where I am for beer to flood. Meanwhile, take a break from the intellectual world and have a good cry with this video: