Shortly I will pick up my voting card and walk the short distance to the Polling Place (Station) and make my mark in pencil on a piece of paper that will play a miniscule part in shaping the future not only of this city, or this country, or this sovereign-state-as-defined-by-the-United-Nations, or this continent but, in some measure, this whole world.
As the archetypal floating voter, and possibly one of the most conflicted and torn-apart voters in the Scottish Independence referendum, it may surprise you to know that this one has, for me, been a no-brainer. It's been a no-brainer since I researched and delivered a speech in a school debate at the tender age of 12 when we held a 'mock referendum' back in 1975.
It's not for me to tell anyone how to vote, but I think I do have the right to ask people to consider their motives in deciding and their attitudes to those with whom they disagree.
For me, this is not about what is "better for Scotland" as a poster I saw yesterday said, or what's "better for England" as I have seen on social media (as if Wales and Northern Ireland simply don't exist or don't matter, presumably) or what's "better for Britain" as I am sure I'd see on billboards south of Hadrian's wall. It's not about me and mine - or at least, not only about me and mine.
Surely the guiding principle has to be the words that sum up the law and the prophets...
Love the Lord your God with all you heart, all your mind and all your strength; and love youur neighbour as you love yourself
So, if "better for Britain" or "better for England" or "better for Scotland" is the motivator, then it must also mean "better for Syria", "better for Israel-Palestine", "better for Greece", "better for Hungary"... "better for Europe" (and so on)
However you vote, do so thoughtfully, do so graciously, do so humbly, do so well
God of all nations
God beyond nationality
God of freedom
God of interdependence
As we vote this day
Grant us wisdom
Grant us courage
Grant us generosity
Grant us grace
And, above all,
Surround us and fill us with love