We were recently looking through a box of old photographs. We marveled at the quality of pictures that our parents have from the 50’s and 60’s and the poor pictures that we have from the 70’s. The reason – in the 1970’s the camera/film companies advanced technology to “instamatic” cameras. The cameras were small and the film came in cartridges that were easy to load and unload. It was a great idea. Very cheap cameras and easy film. The problem was that the pictures were lousy and the negatives were so small that blowing anything up in size only made them worse. The other great innovation was the Polaroid which gave instant developed pictures. The downsize was that these pictures were worse, there was no negative and they were expensive.
By the 1980’s photography buffs switched back to modern 35 mil cameras and the quality of pictures greatly improved. I became interested in developing and thought that a dark room would be cool. I never made it to that but now I’m glad I didn’t invest the money in it. Who would have guessed that we’d all be walking around with cell phones that take great pictures. Kodak sure didn’t.
Sometimes “progress” isn’t so good. Sometimes the new “technology” isn’t as good as the old. On the other hand, we need to move on, experiment, explore and work towards better technology. One hundred years ago, people riding in horse drawn wagons were laughing at people who spent a lot of money for a new car that sputtered, broke down and couldn’t go through muddy streets. Just imagine if we had spurned this progress and stayed with the horse and buggy.
Don’t be afraid to go backwards to go forward. Most of the people who experimented with the new cars kept their horse and buggies for back up. We should have done the same with cameras. Oh well.
Anyone want to buy some 8 track tapes?
1 Timothy 4:15 NIV
15 Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. 16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.