He who corrects a scoffer gets dishonor for himself, and he who reproves a wicked man gets insults for himself. Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you, reprove a wise man and he will love you. Give instruction to a wise man and he will be still wiser, teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning.
Proverbs 9: 7-9
Two photographs used in my last post caused a bit of backlash:
I have now been educated on the possibility – make that probability – that unscrupulous use of Adobe Photoshop has taken place on both sides of the debate regarding Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s guilt or innocence. This is a real eye-opener for someone of my generation.
It makes me sad that we have reached a point where one can no longer trust a photograph meant to preserve an image forever. After a bit of back-and-forth on Twitter I intended to post yet another photo depicting Dzhokhar running from the scene, rounding the corner of a building along with many others, without his backpack.
I intended to do that until I realized two things: 1) I have already posted that photo, albeit a close-up and 2) it doesn’t matter.
Whether Dzhokhar left his backpack lying on the ground, swinging from a lamppost or took it with him in his hand or on his back makes no difference. The color of his backpack precludes it, by the government’s own evidence, from being the one carrying the second bomb.
For that reason, I could care less where it ended up and neither need anyone else.
I would not be surprised at all to learn that Dzhokhar did indeed leave his backpack at his feet when he ran from the scene. I believe many, in their panic, left belongings behind. After all, a man’s wallet is usually in his back pocket. Backpacks usually transport non-essentials, items other than money, credit cards and IDs.
If I were anywhere near where a bomb or two have just detonated and my wallet was on my person, that backpack with my water and skittles would be of little consequence as I made my getaway. And I wouldn’t be alone in the decision to part company with said bag.
So now I have been made aware that Photoshop can call into question a photograph. In future, I may stick to blogging about transcripts and scripture, two things I do not expect to be called into question.
I shake my head at the possible motives and lack of character of many involved in this terrible event and its aftermath. The truth needs no help. Neither side needs to or should want to fabricate evidence. And yet it is obvious this has been done.
I am confident of this: God knows what really happened that day and will, in His way and His timing, reveal all. It is as simple as that. Those who do not acknowledge His providential involvement in the affairs of mankind may mock and scoff. In the end, their unbelief will have no affect on the accomplishment of His will in this world and in this case.