World of fantasy

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In referring to countries as “odd creations”, Paul Brownsey (Letters, 11 November) somewhat cripples his critique of a letter from me in The Scotsman in which I defended the nourishment of Gaelic as a language important to Scotland as a nation (Letters, 9 November).

In remarking that nations are “artificial creations, often brought into being by thugs or crooks, and with all sorts of accidents entering into their creation”, Mr Brownsey opens himself to the suggestion that he shouldn’t therefore become too excited when anybody, such as me or anybody else, mentions them in letters or, for that matter, merely mentions them.

Maybe the same perspective as he extols can include languages also, in which case issues about Gaelic, or Urdu, or Mandarin etc, shouldn’t bother him one bit. This begs the question: why did he bother to write his letter at all?

Many countries have been created by those other than thugs and crooks and if countries are artificial creations then maybe it’s safe to say we all inhabit a fantasy world, if not universe.

Fine by me, but I suppose it’s still OK to have opinions, and it should definitely be OK to live in a fantasy world if that is all that there is. And if Mr Brownsey invites me I will be civil enough to attend his “fantasy dress ball”.

Ian Johnstone

Forman Drive