Welcome to the Voice for October. Our mixed bag of delights this month contains discussion of some issues that are, frankly, not delightful at all, such as the proposal to enlarge the Lamlash Bay fish farm, exploitation of the Arctic, and denial of climate change.  But we also include much that is good about life on Arran and elsewhere. It is all a reminder of humanity’s ability to cooperate, to create, and to enjoy, but also to be selfish, blinkered, and destructive. Which aspects will win in the end, and should we be optimistic or pessimistic?