A Photographer’s Perspective on the Kavanaugh Proceedings

by | Oct 5, 2018 | Perspective | 6 comments

Been following politics recently?

I don’t very closely, but it has been interesting to observe from afar the events surrounding the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court….from the perspective of a photographer.

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Here are 3 things that I’ve been reminded of through the whole thing:

It’s been a reminder to appreciate “quality control” processes

In the world of photography, each camera manufacturer has it’s own quality assurance procedures. Statistical methods are used to monitor aspects of product quality, function, performance, consistency, and precision, and quality control departments are dedicated to guiding the seamless flow of one assembly system into another and provide corrective measures if needed. I’m very grateful for this. It allows us to enjoy the high level of quality that we have come to expect from camera manufacturers these days.

It’s the same way in politics. The process of appointment and confirmation of a Justice to the Supreme Court is very important. It is important to vet, question and vote on an individual who has been appointed by the President to really make sure he’s qualified for the job. It can be discouraging sometimes when these procedures are used to push one political agenda or another, but I am grateful for the incredible thought that our Founding Father’s put into establishing the Constitution, and it’s a blessing to live in a country that is governed by laws. Though sometimes performed inefficiently, quality control is still a basic necessary.

It’s been a reminder to check motivations

When I’m editing my photos, sometimes I rush through them and sometimes I take my time. Is either way right or wrong? Not necessarily. What matters is my motivation. Am I rushing through them because I’m on a deadline, or am I rushing through them because I’m just trying to get by with as little effort on my part as possible? Am I taking things slowly because I want to ensure I’m doing things properly, or am I doing things slowly because I’m wasting my time trying to impress people with my impressive editing abilities?

When Kavanaugh’s appointment came to a vote last week, I thought Senator Flake’s motivation for postponing it for another week to allow for an FBI investigation was interesting. He said, “I wanted to support him. I’m a conservative; he’s a conservative judge. But I want a process we can be proud of. I think the country needs to be behind it. We need a more bipartisan process.” While there could be any array of political motivations for postponing the vote, it is true that it is important that the process be honored. Let’s just not forget to check our motivations behind why we do what we do.

It’s been a reminder that everything in life is interconnected

The type of material a camera is made of makes a difference in how long that camera lasts or how affective that camera will be at doing what it was designed to do. While a camera made with lower-grade material may be more popular at first because it has a cheaper price tag, it’s usually the cameras that are made with higher-grade material that stand the test of time and are more effective in the long run.

Kavanaugh’s past is directly affecting his future. The choices he made in high school are directly affecting what could be the greatest development of his life. I’m not saying that I blindly believe the allegations. They could be skewed, trumped up, or even completely false. I don’t know. (God knows and will ultimately take care of that.) But what I do know is that Kavanaugh went to that party. And he didn’t have to. Life is interconnected. What we sow, we will reap.

We’re young. Perhaps we don’t think that what we decide to do today will make any difference in what happens tomorrow. But we just don’t know. Embracing preventative action in life may not be what is popular, but it sure does give us a better chance at standing the test of time and accomplishing fully what we were designed to do.

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6 Comments

  1. Alyssa

    “Embracing preventative action in life may not be what is popular, but it sure does give us a better chance at standing the test of time and accomplishing fully what we were designed to do.”

    Fabulous statement.

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  2. Lydia Bennett

    I haven’t been following this hearing very closely, but of course the whole country is talking about it so it seems everywhere you go you hear this opinion, that opinion and the other, and frankly it can get a bit disheartening. So thank you (!) for a fantastic post that steps back, looks at the bigger picture, and most importantly, takes it down to a practical level of self-evaluation and personal responsibility before God.

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  3. ANA

    JAMES: ES LAMENTABLE PERO HOY MUCHOS JOVENES TOMAN DECISIONES Y COMETEN ACCIONES QUE NO PIENSAN EN LA SECUELA QUE ESTA PUEDA DEJAR EN AÑOS VENIDEROS. CUANDO SE ES JOVEN, SE ES INMADURO, ALOCADO, IRREVERENTE, SE LLEVAN AL MUNDO POR DELANTE PARECE QUE NADIE LOS PUEDE DETENER, NO CONOZCO A KAVANAUGH, NO SE SI HIZO LO QUE SE LE ACUSA, TAL VEZ SI, SOLO DIOS LO SABE, SOLO DIOS CONOCE LA MENTE DEL HOMBRE, A EL NO SE LE PUEDE OCULTAR NADA, SI ES CULPABLE, SALDRA A LA LUZ DE UNA FORMA U OTRA. NOSOTROS COMO CRISTIANOS, ESTAMOS SIENDO BOMBARDEADOS TODO EL TIEMPO CON COMETER PECADOS, SEA CUAL SEA, NO ESTAMOS EXENTOS DE NADA, DEBEMOS ORAR Y PEDIR AL ESPIRITU SANTO QUE NOS FORTALEZCA PARA NO CAER EN LAS REDES DE SATANAS, PORQUE EL ESTA DETRAS DE TODO LO MALO QUE ACONTECE EN EL MUNDO. EN 1 DE PEDRO, CAPITULO 4, VERSICULO 18 dice:Y SI EL JUSTO CON DIFICULTAD SE SALVA, DONDE QUEDARA EL IMPIO Y EL PECADOR?, NOS EXPLICA CLARAMENTE LAS CONSECUENCIAS DE LOS MALOS ACTOS Y NO PONER FRENO A LOS IMPULSOS DESTRUCTIVOS, QUE TRAERA SOBRE NOSOTROS MALDICIONES, MUCHOS DOLORES DE CABEZA, ¿ QUE LE PASO AL REY DAVID POR DEJARSE ARRASTRAR POR LOS IMPULSOS MIRANDO A LA MUJER AJENA Y MANDANDO A MATAR AL ESPOSO DE ESTA? TODO ESTO TRAJO DESTRUCCION Y MUERTE EN SU CASA. BENDICIONES PARA USTED Y LA FAMILIA.

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  4. James Staddon

    Very true, ANA! In short, for us English speaking folks, 🙂 here is ANA’s comment in a nutshell:

    “It is sad, but many young people make decisions without thinking of the impact it will make in coming years. When young, it seems like you can do anything, but God knows the mind of man. You can not hide anything from him. As Christians, we are all the time being bombarded with temptation, so we must pray and ask the Holy Spirit to strengthen us and lead us not into temptation. There are consequences for bad actions; they bring curses and many headaches.”

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  5. Caitlin Compton

    “We’re young. Perhaps we don’t think that what we decide to do today will make any difference in what happens tomorrow. But we just don’t know. “
    So true! I was just thinking about this the other day and then I read your post. Even though the choices we make can seem so insignificant in the scheme of life, every choice we make has an impact on the people around us and on the future generations to come. The choices we make are so important. May each of us seek God’s will and guidance in the decisions we make.
    I Timothy 4:12

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  6. James Staddon

    Oh the joy of living in God’s will!

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