Thought for the Day
Thought for the Day
Thought for the day.
Margaret Nelson provided a Humanist Thought for the Day every few weeks on BBC Radio Suffolk from 1995 until 2007. Since then, the slot has been moved to a very early time on weekdays (recorded in advance), and then dropped. It's now only on Sundays.
Previous "thoughts" are listed in this section - you can also download a collection of Margaret's thoughts from 1995 to 2003 in PDF format.
Margaret's an owl, not a lark, so it took effort to get up early and drive into Ipswich for a two minute broadcast. Still, it meant being able to take pictures like the one above on the road into town.
While the BBC Trust deliberates today on whether to allow more Humanist broadcasting, including Thoughts for the Day, Humanist peers debated the issue last night. One of the speakers, Baroness Massey of Darwen, said,
Humanism is growing in strength. It has growing public recognition in non-religious ceremonies such as marriages, funerals and baptisms. This has made significant contributions to public policy. The moral values held by humanists are weighed and considered. Humanism is a philosophy in its own right and is not a negative response to religion. The BBC needs in its programmes to give a perspective from the non-religious viewpoint.
There've been Humanist Thoughts for the Day on BBC Radio Suffolk since 1995, though the slot has been cut to Sundays only for a while now, presumably because it wasn't popular.
This was supposed to be broadcast on BBC Radio Suffolk on 12 February 2008, after being recorded. I didn’t hear it, so I’m not sure if anyone else did.
Today is Darwin Day, the 199th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, the man who first described biological evolution via natural selection. On Darwin Day we celebrate the enormous benefits that scientific knowledge, acquired through human curiosity and ingenuity, has contributed to the advancement of humanity, and in particular we celebrate the achievements of a great man.
If he were alive today, I‘m sure Darwin would be fascinated by the current BBC TV series, Life in Cold Blood, with Sir David Attenborough, some of which was filmed on the Galapagos Isles, where he made the discoveries that sowed the seeds of doubt about the conventional biblical explanation for the origin of life.
Thought for the Day, BBC Radio Suffolk, Saturday 2 February 2008
Thirty-odd years ago, I met a suffragette. She’d known the Pankhursts – Emmeline and her daughter Christabel, who led the Women’s Social & Political Union, popularly known as suffragettes. Although Mrs Birnberg was an old woman when I met her, she still felt as strongly about women’s rights as she’d ever done and was scornful about the young women who didn’t use the vote that she and other women had fought for. I thought about her when, during election campaigns here in Suffolk, women would say they couldn’t be bothered to go and vote.
We’ve had a mention in Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia written by volunteers around the world. If you follow the link below and click on the little  reference, you’ll be brought back here to my Evolution Day Thought for the Day on 24 November 2006.
Listeners who are, or have been, parents or teachers might have experienced the problem of fair shares, when a child has a sweet or a treat, and the others get wind of it and demand one too. It’s no good trying to sneak a treat to one child, without setting off wails of “O-oh! That’s not fair!”