Saturday, January 9, 2016

January 9, 2016 - Living Colors


Man makes all sorts of bizarre colors in his laboratories--blaring blues, unnatural purples, painful yellows, harrowing greens, exhausting reds, etc.  All day long our eyes are bombarded with these colors.  We see them on our computer screens, on television, magazine covers, and synthetic clothing.  We get used to them.  They seem normal.  When they’re almost unbearable, we call them “electric” or “florescent.”

Unbearable is right.  I wonder what people might have thought of such colors only a hundred years ago.  Then go back two hundred and three hundred and four hundred years.  What might the people have thought?  I’ll tell you what.  They’d have thought it was strange.  Unnatural.  Uncomfortable.  Weird.  Frightening.  Bizarre.  Untrustworthy.  Bad.  And on and on.

One second of one sunset out of several trillion.

I’m not sure the human eye was meant to be assaulted in such a way as is commonplace today.  Clearly we can “see” the colors, so our eyes are equipped to “digest” them, but that doesn’t mean we should bombard ourselves with them.  Our stomachs can digest some tree bark as well, but that doesn’t mean that we should have it for dinner every night.

But no matter what the manufacturers do, they can’t beat the true colors of nature.  Even when they photograph something and completely analyze the color and create a color in the lab “exactly” like nature’s color, it’s still not the same.  It’s just a dead color.  The secret nature has, that none of the manufacturers have figured out, is that all of her colors are alive.  They are living, breathing colors, and since they are living colors, they move.  They are fluid.  You might not catch the movement with your eyes, but your brain catches it.  Your brain knows if it’s the “real deal” or not.

Subtle, shifting, living colors that change.  They start, they grow, they climax, they decline--sometimes slowly, sometimes all in a few seconds.  We sit back even in this “modern” day and gasp--we gasp!--at the sheer beauty of nature’s colors, at their shifting, shimmering light.  Not a thousand lab-created colors could do what a single sunset does in the blink of eye.  We know it, and so do the manufacturers.  Perhaps that’s why they have gotten so “loud” with their announcements.

I just turn them off.  It’s best that way or you’ll miss the sunset.  Like a snowflake, no two are the same.

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