Archives for posts with tag: gender
M.ZUIKO DIGITAL Lenses | Olympus

I am sure I do not have to tell you that two days ago was Election Day in the United States. People across the country for months have been expressing their opinions on a variety of issues and candidates. Extremely strong feelings have been verbalized and put into print for what has seemed like an eternity.

Election Day 2020: Voting Registration Rules

As you read this the results of some contests, including the office of the President of the United States, may not yet be determined but one thing is crystal clear. There is no doubt that we do not all see eye to eye. What seems perfectly clear to one is often seen differently by another. Sometimes the views are so dramatically different one cannot help but wonder how it is possible. Surely one or the other is wrong.

I wonder if it is not simply that people may be looking through different lenses.

Types of Lenses for Glasses: The Essential Guide to Prescription Lenses -  EZOnTheEyes

Recently while watching one of the World Series games on television the picture seemed blurry. After a few moments I discovered the problem. I had become so relaxed in my recliner and I was looking through the wrong part of my glasses. There was nothing wrong with the picture. I am near-sighted so I wear glasses that allow me to see things clearly both up close and at a distance. The trick is to look through the proper section of the lens.

Police SPL872 Sunglasses | Free Shipping

During this pandemic my wife and I have tried to adhere to the restrictions and observe the protocols in place to keep us healthy. We wear our masks, keep our distance, and avoid crowds. These and other changes have created a sense of isolation and serious boredom. To get some relief we have occasionally taken a drive. No contact with others. Just a change of scenery. One day as we drove along the highway the horizon seemed overcast. Once I replaced my sunglasses with my clear lens, things were much brighter.

Get Ready for a Winter Road Trip with These Holiday Car Travel Tips

On one occasion we took a lengthy road trip to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. On the way up we traveled a long distance on the Blue Ridge Parkway and enjoyed the leisurely pace and the incredible scenery. On the return trip we traveled mostly on interstate highways. Neither route was the “right” one. One was not “better” than the other. Each one of the separate routes gave us a different perspective. They were different but each of them allowed us to reach our desired destinations.

New Home Communities in Lancaster County | Lancaster PA Home Builder

There is often more than one answer to any given matter. There is more than way to reach a conclusion. For instance, 2 plus 2 equals 4. But 3 plus 1 also equals 4. We can count it on our fingers, write it on paper, or use a calculator to determine the answer. The method or means we employ may be different but the conclusion is the same.

There are a lot of “lens” through which we view life. Family environment. Education. Travel and other life experiences. Our race, gender, and social status. Political and religious affiliations. And the list goes on. All of these, and many more, contribute to how we see things and what we understand about the many issues. It is easy to think that the other person’s view is “right” or “wrong” because of the lens through which we see life.

Perhaps our differences might be minimized or at least we could see the value in the perspective of others if we realized that we are simply viewing life through different lenses.

Jamie Jenkins

One of the best lunch bargains in town is the hot dog combo at Costco. If fine dining is your thing, then you would not find this satisfactory but for the price you can’t beat it. $1.59 gets you a large hot dog or polish and a drink. I am not happy that Costco does not serve Coca Cola products but the Minute Maid Pink Lemonade is alright.

Ketchup, mustard, relish, and onions, are available to dress your dog- and you can add sauerkraut on request. I prefer the polish with all the fixings. Not especially healthy but good.

I was enjoying one of those delicious lunches recently and noticed something unusual. The two women who ordered just before me sat nearby with their well dressed hot dogs. Each of them also had one of the large Berry Sundaes (only $1.59). They were eating their hot dogs with a knife and fork.

If you load the dog with all the condiments there is no way to eat it neatly but a knife and a fork!? That’s like eating barbeque ribs with utensils without picking them up. I do not want to disparage these two people but there are some things that just require you to pick them up with your fingers and be messy. At least that is the way we do it “down south.”

Someone might think its bad manners and they might be right. But I think it is just a cultural thing. There are a lot of things that may seem strange to you but very natural to another. It is not a matter of right or wrong but the accepted practice may vary in different geographic areas and with different ethnic customs.

My grandchildren were born in Japan where chopsticks are used instead of the utensils that I use to eat. In some cultures people eat from a common dish and use their fingers. Not right or wrong. Cultural differences.

I live in the United States where we drive on the right side of the road. However, in some parts of the world people believe the other side is the correct one. The way people dress can identify their country of origin.

I was born in Alabama and have lived for more than four  decades in Georgia. It is common to hear someone say, “Y’all come to see us,” but everyone knows that they don’t really expect you to take them up on the invitation. It’s a cultural thing just like saying “Yes, Ma’am.”

David Brooks, a writer for the New York Times refers to Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’ book, “Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence.” In it he suggests a “Theology of the Other: a complex biblical understanding of how to see God’s face in strangers.” That sounds like what the Apostle Paul was offering when he said God does not see us according to our ethnic origin, social standing, or gender (Galatians 3:28). I don’t think it is stretching his intention to add many other things that identify us and often separate us.

God, help us to see each other as you see us and treat everyone with dignity and respect because we all are your special creations.

Jamie Jenkins