Goodness? Surviving Burns?
'Whatever mitigates the woes or increases the happiness of others, this is my criterion of goodness; and whatever injures society at large, or any individual in it, this is my measure of iniquity'.
Last week we mentioned that Robert Burns had been an influence on George Wyllie, and that this quotation in particular was a recurring motif in his work.
Today's blip show a couple of shortbread tins sculp?tures which are displayed on the wall at the exhibition. One of them, the one with the wee mouse keeling out, has this quotation at its base.
Increasing the happiness of others as the measure of goodness... now there's a thought. Always good to actually stop and think what Burns is saying, what Wyllie is suggesting.
You can also see this quotation on the sides of shortbreads tins used to create the Burns Line, a scul?ture now in the Burns Museum
The other tin is a Burns Survival Kit. What was in it? Have a wee thought before you check.
You can probably tell we're really looking forward to the Burns-related school visits to the exhibition.
An a' that.