The K3: A Tale of Irony, the Apostle Paul, and Jack London.

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The K3: A Tale of Irony, the Apostle Paul, and Jack London.
Dec 7, 2013

Once upon a time, in the land of Photographia, located in a valley between the two mountain ranges Canon and Nikon, there was a small village known as Pentaxian. The village was so named after the god, Pentax, whom the villagers worshipped with unequivocal devotion. And so it happened, that the villagers of Pentaxian had become restless because it had been many years (by digital standards) since their god had spoken to them. At last, the day came when the heavens and the oceans parted and the latest word of Pentax became available. Joyous was the reaction! Expressions of awe, amazement, and giddiness at the new found insights and clarity of “the word.” Clearly, Pentax was the greatest of the smaller gods, and perhaps the equal if not better in some ways than the larger gods, Canon and Nikon, for which the mountain ranges were named. And the jubilations and festivities continued unabated until – Alas, some doubts begin to surface. First, a high priest of the village found his manuscript of “the word” to be faulty, if not unreadable. “Surely you need more time for your eyes to become adjusted to the new font?” was the popular refrain along with suggestions that perhaps he was not qualified to be a high priest after all. The priest received a new manuscript and declared it worthy. Peace was restored. Except, --- others begin to question the clarity of “the word.” The village was in disarray. Sides were chosen between “those who know how to read,” and “those who obviously do not.” Others declared that the ability to read “the new word” required more candles for better lighting, a podium instead of holding by hand, stronger eye glasses, and most importantly of all, a belief in the pronouncement from the high priests of the village that there was nothing wrong with “the word.” Any inability to read it was due to some flaw with the reader.

Amidst this squabble, a prophet arose. And like the apostle Paul (known initially as Saul) who set out to Damascus to persecute the Christians as unbelievers of the established religion of that time, this prophet set out to demolish doubts about the clarity of “the new word.” He posted online videos, initiated and responded to threads at online forums, presented his credentials to bolster his authority, and generally admonished doubters of “the word.” Supporters of the word received him warmly, noting his experience, and accumulation of knowledge. Doubters, had doubts about their doubts. So the village seemed headed to reunification. But then an amazing event occurred. The prophet was stricken with a ray of doubt. A manuscript taken at 1/500, f/4.5, ISO 400 lacked clarity. Now the village was truly in turmoil. And just as quickly as the wolf pack in Jack London’s White Fang turned on its leader once he stumbled, so the villagers turned on the prophet, declaring him a false prophet with questionable credentials and questionable methodology.

This tale is far from being over. Will the god, Pentax, speak again to clarify his word, and silence the dissension? Will the village doubters decide they have been unworthy and seek repentance? Will the prophet(s) ever truly be accepted again? Fortunately, for us, dear reader, this entertaining saga will continue.

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