We all look at the world through filters, and what I see or feel isn’t the same as anyone else. I get that. It’s human to have differences, to have divergent opinions. Take the photo above, for example. It’s a lovely photo, but maybe I don’t really like green all that much. So I change it. I filter it.
Some might think my filter is too hard or too coarse for the image. So I offer a softer take, one where you can almost feel the spanish moss swaying in the warm wind.
And other people might like a mix of styles: a bit of color, some hyper-realism in the tree trunks and softness in the moss.
None of these images are “right” or “wrong” in how they look. They just are. Your filter is what makes you love one more than the others. And I’m not going to call you names just because you like the second one and I really like the last one.
I was trying to reach some big point about filters and differences, but maybe it’s not the day for that. There’s been so much hatred and vitriol in the news this past week, maybe we just need some lovely images and some time to think, each in our own way, on how we can respect differences and remain civil at the same time. Maybe we can bring civility back, one person at a time. I’m in.
A government of, by, and for the people requires that people talk to people, that we can agree to disagree but do so in civility. If we let the politicians and those who report dictate our discourse, then our course will be dictated.