Thus it was with girlish glee I fell upon the recently released batch of cables relating specifically to the Vatican, all of which rather wonderfully confirmed my preconceived notions of the Holy See’s Nation as a hierarchical, out of touch rabble of self-serving politicians. Thus it is we learn the Pope was uncomfortable with moves to allow the predominately Muslim Turkey join the EU as it would undermine his desire to build on the Christian foundations of Europe, while hoping the close ties between Poland and the Vatican would allow Poland to “serve as a counter-weight to Western European secularism as the nation makes itself more at home in an integrated Europe”.
Naturally such a topic as fundamental as our own mortality has lead to much discussion and debate, ranging from Terry Pratchett’s beautiful and moving Richard Dimbleby lecture to Cristina Odone’s and the Center for Policy Studies deeply disrespectful “report”. Whatever people’s position on the subject, there is currently an ongoing and dynamic dialogue in the UK. Unfortunately this does not seem to be the case in Ireland.
In a vain and self serving attempt to extend my lasting impact on the universe beyond some rapidly aging family photos and that one drunken story my friends endlessly reminisce about, I have decided I need to coin a law. Considering the fact they’ll name laws after you for the most feeble of statements (Stein’s law says that “If something cannot go on forever, it will stop”. I mean, come on, that’s not even trying) I am confident that my deeply insightful but handily phrased phrase shall be the talk of Malcolm Gladwell readers in no time.