Thursday, March 10, 2016

Extreme photoshop makeover

I think I've found the most extreme photoshop makeover ever.

Photoshop make overs arise when a photo is edited to enhance or alter features of the photo.  Most commonly, a model's features will be enhanced.

I'm not suggesting that this photo has been altered

In the example I found, the model's ears are too perky.  Her arms are too straight.  There is not a blemish on her body.  And she would hardly be smiling after what she had been through.  Naturally, she was a very attractive specimen before the photoshop changes.

See the photo below and let me know if you too think it has been altered or enhanced.

Shalom, Ozhamada

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Tough to swallow

Some concepts are tough to swallow.  There are mucilaginous mouthfuls that can never be masticated to the point where they can comfortably slip past the gullet.  

Former Archbishop Peter Jensen’s transcript of Day C149 of the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse presents such a concept.  Jensen here is expounding upon the impact upon a person, a minor, of sexual abuse by a person who the child held in a position of trust (the emphasis is added):

“there was a belief that sexual abuse did not have the impact
 on a person that we now know it did,
 and so - it was wrong, but it was believed not to have
 that great impact. It wasn't just the clergy who
 believed that, it was also, in some quarters, medical advice.”

It is a real test to swallow this.  Three issues present and it is the third that is perhaps the most challenging:

1.      I’m no doctor, and I appreciate that psychiatry is a relative modern science, yet post-traumatic stress disorder is known from times of observing returned soldiers (Vietnam War).  Prior to those times the expression “shell-shock” was often used.  The science was well developed by the 1970s.  In brief, this science would be predictive of delayed onset of many of the observable characteristics of abuse,

2.     From a Christian perspective the victims had experienced deep breach of trust.  For example, it is not uncommon to read of ‘clergy who preyed on single boys’.  Some of those boys had no father figure in the house and as such both single mother and son had trust betrayed.  A Christian pastor does not need a doctor to tell them what betrayal of trust results in.  Many victims of childhood sexual abuse can overlook the physical abuse but they can not overlook the breach of trust.  Biblically, there is a strong link between loss of trust and loss of hope, and,

3.      Romans 6:23 is instructive:

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

An amateur theologian reads this verse and appreciates that sin has profound impacts (even until death). Sin not only impacts on those who commit the sin, but also upon those whom are victimised by the commission of sin.  Interestingly, I’ve had cause in a separate post to consider the church’s comprehension of sin. 

A church cleric need not go to a medic at all.  The Bible has his answers:

The learned cleric,
Went to the high street medic.
“What is wrong with you cleric?”, said the medic,
"How can I assist thee?"

With his index finger pointed,
the cleric retorted:
“I have pain here in my calf, my thigh and my toes,
My elbow, my chest and my nose”.

The medic replied: “Why esteemed cleric, let me examine you”
“My, it is not your calf, nor your thigh, nor your toes,
nor your elbow, your chest or your nose,
Tis instead a broken finger!”

Here lies the trouble in swallowing – clergy turned to the medical profession when the Bible had answers in full.  It is no defence that the clerics turned to the medical profession as an ancillary source as they need not have turned to the medics at all.  One does not need a vigneron to tell them the wine they are drinking is superb when they have imbibed and drawn a conclusion themselves.


Note: all links sound at 3 March 2016