January 17-C, 2023

Congaree National Park 02 11/19/2013 Oil Paint Rendered — Hopkins, South Carolina
Sit with anything long enough
and you will see it differently
over time.

Which way is it?

We are bitten shortly after birth
by the One Way Only Way Of Being Bug.

We see everything as this or that.
Up or down.
Right or wrong.
Good or bad/evil...

Compare the most recent two posted images,
and the one that is to follow this one.
They are three ways of representing 
the same scene.

Photographs present a particular way of viewing
whatever was before the camera
when the shutter opened and closed.
"Reality," we like to think.
As though reality is one thing only 
and not a vast multitude
of ways of seeing/viewing/evaluating/interpreting/
understanding/knowing/etc. everything.

Seeing is interpreting/evaluating/judging/assessing...
"What is it REALLY?"
Who is to say when and where and how?

Makes for a mess.

People talk about "The Bible."
They all are talking about particular ways
of interpreting/understanding "The Bible."
The same goes for Jesus,
the Buddha
and Lao Tzu...etc.

When we talking about anything,
we are talking about our interpretation/
evaluation/understanding/current way of seeing
anything.

Life is an optical illusion
depending entirely on 
how we see what we look at.

What governs how we look,
how we see?

Expectations.
Experience.
Mood of the moment.
The list is long.

How are things really?
It all depends on how we see
what we look at,
which depends upon the 10,000 things.

To be continued...

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Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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