Not long ago, there was a picture of a dress that went viral. The dress appeared gold and white to some, and black and blue to others. At first I thought that this was just some type of hoax, however, when I took a look, the dress appeared black and blue in my eyes. Then, I asked my wife to take a look and she claimed the dress was gold and white. So how was this possible? How could some perceive it differently than others? There is a whole article in Wikipedia that gives a detailed, scientific explanation that I will not get into but if you would like to read it you can click here. The dress in real life was actually blue and black, but the “illusion”, if you want to call it that, happened in how the light was captured in the photograph and how some people’s brains perceived it differently than others.
Now for the sake of argument, let us pretend the true color of the physical dress was never revealed and that the picture was the only reference we had. Would it be possible that nearly half of the people who perceived the dress gold and white be wrong and the ones who perceived it blue and black be right? Of course not, we understand from high school science, that color is simply a perception of how our brains interpret light waves bouncing off an object. Therefore, the dress was both blue and black and gold and white, it all comes down to how an individual’s brain interprets it.
In life we also perceive things differently based on our experiences, biases, upbringings, where we live, and so on. However, sometimes we tend to force our perspectives on others and we treat those perspectives as absolutes that everyone must accept. Because of this, we have wars, divisions, disharmony, murders, hatred, racism, and so on. What I have come to realize is that we are all artists and our lives are the canvasses. We paint what comes out of our heart and soul, and only we understand the true meaning of the painting. Like an abstract painting, one observer may see a flying seagull while another may see a roaring tiger and that is ok, the problem comes when the observer wants to force his interpretation of what he sees upon the artist. The point I would like to make is that we must learn how to respect the perspectives and points of views of one another.
We must see life as a beautiful work of art that we can appreciate from different angles. Lets respect and appreciate what others have painted, even if it is not our style. Remember that the dress can be both blue and black and white and gold. I believe that the day we as a human race apply this attitude towards each other, we will truly graduate to a better, harmonious, loving world.