A Black and White World, Filtered

I spent some tIme yesterday going through my photo archives. Picking some pictures to accompany posts, since I’m not getting out and taking new ones. Playing with Photoshop Elements filters on some, just to see what would come out.


What came out was a black and white world. Filtered. Sometimes my world is filtered, but rarely is it black and white. Many shades of gray, that is what my world and I are. There are times when I wish it could be more clear cut, when it could be black and white, without the gray areas of questions, of unsureness, of doubting.


I am neither conservative nor liberal. I am neither Republican nor Democrat. I would like to be passive about politics, I would like not to care. I would like to say “I’m just not going to vote” and stick to it. Because I don’t know now for whom I wish to vote. I wish to vote for a new system. I wish for elected officials to truly care about us, the people of their country, and to do what is best for their country. I wish for them to deal fairly with issues, treating issues without concern for their party or their re-election possibilities. I wish for them to have a world more black and white. Or is it with more shades of gray? I’m not certain. My shades of gray, that uncertainty.


In conversations, comments are often filtered. Filtered because I wish to do no harm, I wish to not stir up trouble or hurt feelings. Although a couple of times recently I have found myself in the midst of conversations that seemed to just happen, about topics that I usually avoid, but somehow stumbled into. With the person who told me he treasures Fox News for its “fair and impartial” reporting. The Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox News. One of the things about which I am not gray. Obviously, he has his right to his opinions – but I view his opinion as one filtered many times, one not developed fair and impartially. I’m certain he felt the same about mine. About my astounded “are you really serious?” reaction.


There are days life feels fragmented, everything shooting out from a center, going many directions without rhyme or reason. At least without rhyme or reason that I can grasp. There is much about life, about this world, that I do not understand. That I question. That makes me want to weep. There is also much about this world that I love, from which I derive joy. There are days that are up, that are full of color. There are days that are down, that are filled with grays. This is how it is. How it will always be, how it has always been. It is up to us to learn to live with it, to survive it.

Survive it we will, because the alternative is not the answer.

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I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 1 dog, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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11 Responses to A Black and White World, Filtered

  1. I so strongly resonate with your eloquently stated thoughts in the paragraph between the second and third photograph. Amen siSTAR!


  2. Heather says:

    I’m not particularly enamored of any news service. They all seem overly filtered.
    Your first picture (art piece?) reminds me of cross-stitching 🙂


    • Carol says:

      I have found a news magazine (The Week) that carries quotes from several services for each article so you get an interesting perspective.
      The first Picture is a photo with several filters applied.with several filters applied.


  3. Colleen says:

    I am finding that as the years move on understanding everything is becoming less and less important. That there are many mysteries in this world and in our lives that are just that….mysteries 🙂


  4. What a thoughtful commentary on the state of politics and the world we live in. If only it were as simple as black and white. The only way to accomplish anything is to move to the middle, but the extremists want to stand their ground. LIke your filter, I wish we could turn down all the noise and focus on the core of the matter.


  5. Sheri says:

    I also subscribe to “The Week” and enjoy it’s “fair and balanced” reporting. Have you checked out RealClearPolitics.com? They give you lots of articles from all sides of the spectrum!! I’m not normally a fan of black & white photos, but I thoroughly enjoyed yours!!


  6. Lynne Ayers says:

    Thoughtful commentary giving rise to thoughts …


  7. Dawn says:

    Fox News fair and impartial? I don’t think so! LOL. But on the other side there are news stations that are unfair and partial everywhere. My husband is a poltical junkie and I am not, so I get what you’re saying. I try to disengage from all of it. On the other side, I wish I could get some of it to move with me about issues I care about…so I can’t just disengage. But still…I want to. Want to live on the isolated island far far away. Love the photos..will tell husband about “the week” and RealClearPolitics.com , Is ‘The Week” an on line thing or a paper magazine?


    • Carol says:

      Dawn, The Week is a paper magazine, although they now also have an iPad version and I think a Nook version, possibly Zinio Magazines also has a digital version, I’m not sure.


  8. orples says:

    I wish for elected officials to truly care about us, the people of their country, and to do what is best for their country.
    You need to check out Ron Paul. I think he is the answer to your question. ronpaul2012.com. Don’t let the media fool you. Dr. Paul is still on the ticket, and he is picking up a lot more delegates than the GOP would like to give him credit for. A vote for either Romney or Obama is a vote for more of the SOS, I assure you. Dr. paul is trying to return America to her Constitutional, SOVERIGHN roots.


  9. orples says:

    I got so sidetracked talking about Ron Paul (my hero), that I failed to give you kudos on your photographs. Whoops, sorry about that … I love the results you came up with. 🙂


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