Local Heart, Global Soul

March 5, 2018

Side-Stepping The Image, But Not The Issue…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Just before Christmas 2017, Family Kiwidutch visited Singapore, and on this occasion took in the views from the “Singapore Flyer” observation wheel.

Himself sat out the actual ride, heights being very much not his thing, but was pleased to wait for us below.

As usual I was busy with my camera, looking for new things to photograph and enjoy. One of these things is the delightful way that people take existing items and turn them into something else.

For example, here at the base of the Flyer, is a wide passageway that features quite a few large columns.

I delight in the fact that in this multi-cultural and multi-religious State, there appears to be no controversy or objection to actually naming the various religious events.

The banners say “Merry Christmas” rather than “Happy Holidays”, there are “Happy New Year” banners even though a vast majority of the population in Singapore will celebrate the Chinese New Year (16th February 2018) instead.

I have no problem to promote special days in the calendar of religions other than my own either. I need assistance to get to work, so my work pays for a taxi. Both of my regular drivers are Muslim and the one who has been driving me for a long time is a friend outside of our working hours.

I have no problem to talk about religion to them, we respect that each of our faiths is different, but peace and respect are central. I will let God judge everything else.

We have celebrated Eid (the feast that celebrates the end of Ramadan) with them and learned a lot about the traditions that are important to them. Here in Singapore the columns have been decorated in Santa’s and figures from the Nutcracker, the rain / shade umbrellas outside are decorated with tinsel and baubles.

There is even a large Christmas image on the floor that has a strange 3-D effect.

It was funny because  waiting for a small group of people to pass and to get a better shot, I noticed that only one person was willing to walk directly across the image, everyone else took an extended side route.

I think it was a case of your mind telling you that of course it was flat, the image is only an illusion, but our eyes rebel and in the end we prefer to side on the caution that our eyes dictate and side-step just in case.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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