Everything we know in life is subject to perspective. Simply put, the place from which you view an object determines what you see.
This is a tree.
Viewed from this position, its limbs and branches seem spidery, a little spooky and cluttered.
This is also a tree. Viewed from a distance, it has boundaries, a distinct and altogether pleasing form. And in the context of a winter sky at dusk, there is an ephemeral beauty. It enhances the tree in dramatic ways, elicits an emotional response, inviting metaphor.
They are not much different, these trees, both leafless in winter, but the perspective from which they are viewed alters their appearance dramatically. More importantly, the perspective alters our perception. In the rundown toward selecting a Democratic candidate for President in 2016, I’ve seen more clearly than ever before the way in which perspective can change how a candidate is perceived.
For instance, in 2008, Hillary Clinton was a candidate in a heated contest with Barack Obama. I had always had a favorable view of the Clintons and even though I voted for Obama in the primary, I did not view her unfavorably and, in fact, when Obama appointed her as Secretary of State, I applauded his choice, considering Mrs. Clinton had both the intelligence and the progressive perspective that position deserved. Although I was not seduced by the visceral attacks from the right over her handling of the Benghazi attacks in 2012, I was, however, concerned generally about our aggressive role in foreign incursions during the Arab Spring. Call it the seed of doubt, a beginning.
Fast forward to 2016. Bernie Sanders came on the scene as a candidate in opposition to Hillary’s supposed ‘coronation’ as the ‘presumptive’ Democratic nominee. In spite of consistent media inattention peppered with periodic bad press that seemed more like a Clinton campaign ad than journalism, he has fought a good, honorable campaign that has grown from obscurity to the status of serious challenger. I began to look seriously into Hillary’s professional history and her political positions, compared them to Bernie’s and discovered that Bernie’s was far superior and more closely aligned to my own political beliefs than any candidate I have seen in my entire life.
Here, then, is where the perspective comes to play. As a vocal and active supporter of Bernie Sanders, I’ve become more acutely aware of Hillary Clinton’s character, history and demeanor throughout her career and especially during the present campaign. I’ve seen behavior that I might have overlooked except for the fact that I was personally invested in the outcome. To be sure, I have also noted that the leadership of the DNC has actually tried to sabotage Bernie’s campaign and clearly, even publicly favors Clinton. I’ve been advocating for Bernie on Facebook and I don’t know if any of that makes a difference, but writing is the one thing I can offer, so in lieu of aught else, I will continue to advocate for Bernie here on my blog.
That’s not to say that politics will be the main topic here. I also plan to post photographs, essays, even video on a regular basis, hopefully daily. I hope you will enjoy some of what I’m doing… and if you do, please spread the word.