#624…sci, RELIG, etc: “The 3 Postures for Viewing”


There are 3 different distances

for viewing information:

(1)  close

(2)  middle

(3)  distant (or far)


All have value…though it’s important sometimes

   to realize which distance you’re viewing from.


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      [This is a draft of some thinking I’ve been doing. I hope to take this idea further in 2017. So this is a bit rough, but it pushes me to move ahead. Expect some changes later.]

   Several times we’ve mentioned the mountain of information that volcanically erupts more and more, getting higher and higher year after year. How does a mature person begin to think about that?

   Especially a Christian?

   And what about the pastor, teacher, or Christian friend who routinely shares to those around him? What does God expect us to be aware of and to what extent? We certainly can’t become “specialists” about everything–or even aware of large blocks of information?

   To help in sorting this out, I propose that we recognize 3 different distances from which we view everything: close, middle, and far–all of which can be divided into subgroups, even the “specialists” who are at the top end of the close viewers. [We’ll stop the necessary fine-tuning here.]

   If we just consider the close viewers to be “experts” of one kind or another, then the middle viewers are somewhat aware of what these folks are up to and what it means. The distant viewers have the good peripheral vision and can take in and consider many different big areas and its baggage, but are short  on detail, or are maybe even oblivious to it.  [Again, fine-tuning is needed here.] I want the orthopedic surgeon to be [“close“] immediately up to speed about how to put in my artificial hip and to tell me how this will affect me. I want a [“distant“] military commander-in-chief  who will know the best way to defend  my country.

   A lot needs to be clarified here…

   One more word: I consider Jesus’ teaching (often, but not always) to fall into the middle view. Take His parables, for example. He tells a story to make a general point that can be put to work in many specific ways. The hearer, or reader, however, must figure these out for himself. The same can be said about what most of the 10 commandments teach.

   If we push to particulars to quickly, sometimes we find ourselves in trouble…

   That’s enough for here…

Author: John Knapp