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Perspectives


Perspective is an interesting phenomenon. Two people can look at the same thing but not necessarily see the exactly the same thing, often because of their perspective. That was the case with the comments in my most recent blog post - the commentators added good insights from their own personal perspectives. The subtitle of my blog is "one French professor’s humorous and serious perspectives on life…." I often see humor where others see nothing but seriousness, and sometimes it's the other way around.

Today's blog post is 15 pictures that I've received since a post I did about two months ago called Can we believe what we see? You can tell that several of these were totally staged, but some are definitely interesting shots because of the angle or perspective, whether intentionally or serendipitously.

A young man keeping the Washington monument from falling...

picture with a certain perspective

A young lady eating the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem...

picture with a certain perspective

A player letting his basketball go to his head...

picture with a certain perspective

The rest I'll post without comment.

picture with a certain perspective

picture with a certain perspective

picture with a certain perspective

picture with a certain perspective

picture with a certain perspective

picture with a certain perspective

picture with a certain perspective

picture with a certain perspective

picture with a certain perspective

picture with a certain perspective

picture with a certain perspective

picture with a certain perspective

I always look forward to the comments on my blog because my readers are often able to add whole new insights since they're looking from a different angle. Many thanks to the many commentators! Some of your readers-only should enter into the discussions and add your perspective.

quotation...

"The reason our country is going the way it's going is not because we didn't get out the vote. It's because we're not on our knees praying for our people." - Dr. Drew Conley

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Rob

New Illinois State Motto: Illinois, where our governors make our license plates themselves


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7 Comments on “Perspectives”

  1. #1 Carrie
    on Dec 18th, 2008 at 2:31 am

    I just love those funny pics, especially the non-staged ones. :o)
    PS I consider it a privilege to have my blog listed in your links!

  2. #2 Michael
    on Dec 18th, 2008 at 8:26 am

    Getting other people’s perspectives on things you’ve written can be interesting and entertaining but it can also be frustrating. As a teacher, I am often surprised at how students misunderstand what I thought was a completely clear and straightforward question. Sometimes the problem is with them (often that they thought too hard), but many times I am the culprit since I’m not as great of a communicator as I think I am.

    Thank you for the funny pics and the funny motto from Illinois. Should we be concerned that so many members of the new administration will be products of the Illinois political machine?

  3. #3 Rob
    on Dec 18th, 2008 at 8:54 am

    @Carrie – I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures. I had received quite a few and weeded out those that were really lame or potentially offensive. For all my not being about political correctness (cleansing?), I’m really not all about being offensive either. Also, I’m pleased to include your blog in my links. 🙂

    @Michael – I know what you mean about not always being a clear communicator. That’s why I almost always have my dear wife proofread my blog posts before I hit “publish” – not only for typos but also for poor or undesirable communication. She has made some *great* catches!

    Regarding your concerns about so many members of the new administration being products of the Illinois political machine, even if I had concerns (and why in the world would I have concerns with the ushering in of Camelot 2?!) there’s nothing I can do about it. Could there be a contender in the wings for the title already awarded – that of “most corrupt administration? We’ll have to wait and see….

  4. #4 Mrs. Troop
    on Dec 18th, 2008 at 9:35 am

    Hmmmm. Perspective. Great pictures! The kids will enjoy them, here. My favorite thing about perspective? That mine is adjustable. By focusing on all that God has done for us and all that I have to be grateful for, I can turn my tired, complaining self into something much more pleasant to live with. By focusing on all that goes wrong and all of the work of life, I can be grumpy all of the time. I choose what perspective to have. The Psalms are a great example of that!

  5. #5 Rob
    on Dec 18th, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    @Mrs. Troop – I’m glad for your flexibility. There are some for whom their perspective is the only perspective. The word of God has great ability to change any of our perspectives that are flawed, if we’re willing to welcome change. Thanks for pointing that out from your own experience.

  6. #6 Dave
    on Dec 20th, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Love the baseball guy about to swing at the lady walking around the corner.

    I’ve recently been doing a study on the Alamo. Talk about the involved perspectives! About six different groups were involved in that battle and all of them saw things differently. The crazy thing about perspective is…although all six perspectives were different I can’t say that I think any of them were wrong! Is that possible?!

  7. #7 Rob
    on Dec 20th, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    @Dave – I like that one too. In answer to your question “is that possible?!” – yes, it’s entirely possible. Look at Paul and Barnabas in Acts 15 and their disagreement concerning (John) Mark. Paul didn’t think it was a good idea to take a former defector, yet Barnabas saw that Mark’s heart had changed and wanted to give him a second chance. In a sense they were both right, but that diasgreement caused them to go their separate ways. Paul and Silas going one way and Barnabas and Mark going another way. The result was that twice as much missionary activity was being done. And that type of scenario in which various points of view each had merit has been repeated throughout history.