What’s the one phrase you never hear in a movie theater anymore?
“Wow – how did they do that?”
Years ago, special effects blew our socks off. We’d see a car drive itself, a skyscraper explode or a jetliner crash, and think, “That didn’t really happen. But they sure made it look real!”
Now, with computer generated imagery, we don’t ask how they did it. We know how they did it. We’re impressed with the technology, but we’re not amazed any more.
I was presenting a seminar at a major motion picture studio a few years ago. During lunch, I sat with a young man and asked him what he did.
“I work on the web,” he offered.
I said, “So you’re an internet guy?”
“Nope,” he said. “I work on the web. We’re filming the latest Spiderman movie, and I’m in charge of the web that launches from his hand – making it look realistic and natural when it flies out in front of him.”
“How do you do that?” I asked.
“Well, we go up on the roof of the tallest building on the studio lot, and throw a big ball of yarn off the roof over and over. We videotape it, so we’ve recorded the natural impact of the wind, gravity, stuff like that. Then we use the computer to turn the yarn into a spider web, and it looks realistic.”
The same thing is true of photographs. We used to see prints of famous people in compromising situations, and it was proof that it had actually happened.
Now, our first thought is: “So, is that real, or was it just photoshopped to look real?”
Photoshop is great. When used properly, it’s a computer program that can create something that looks so real, you can’t tell it’s a fake.
But it is. It looks real, but someone deliberately set out to deceive.
People can be like that. We know what people want to see, so we might “photoshop” ourselves to meet their expectations. We change our words and our behavior to project an image that we want people to believe.
We think we’re impressing them. But nobody is amazed at our lives. Nobody walks away after conversing with us and says, “Wow – how do they do that?”
They’ve grown accustomed to a people living photoshopped lives. They never see real people in real relationships living lives of integrity. When they see integrity, they assume it’s fake.
What would happen if our lives actually were amazing?
What if we didn’t have to pretend to have integrity, because we actually did?
People would be blown away.
Will Rogers once said, “Live your life in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.”
Integrity means that the person you are on the outside matches the person you are on the inside.
It means we don’t live photoshopped lives.
It would be amazing!