Several days ago I called a very close friend in the USA as I was waiting for my late evening train. He sounded rather bemused and enquired why I had called. I was a little taken aback.
Then he proceeded to inform me that his father had passed away in the early hours. I was shocked and became silent.
After what seemed a very long time I asked how he was doing and offered the traditional Universalist Muslim prayer:
Inna Lillaahi Wa Inna Ilayhi Raaji'oon
'To God we belong and to Him is our return'.
We spoke briefly and I counselled as best as I could.
Its moments like these when one is forced to see the bigger picture. I try to remind myself (and my students) that they should never confuse the trees for the forest…
"The unexamined life is not worth living." Socrates