Image Courtesy : Street art By David Walker
Colours – The Mysteries around us. Spreading across a huge spectrum, everything in our world has colours to it. Flowers, trees, skies, seas, animals, soils and anything that we can see has colours. Imagine what if the world goes monochrome! Or colourless. That would be the beginning of the collapse, maybe.
How we see colours needs a bit education about the optic study of our eyes and how it works with the brain to see the colours.
Colour is actually just reflected wavelengths of light. The white light is all the colours together and black is no light at all. We see different colours because there are different wavelengths of light and our eyes are able to see a broad range of them. When we see the other colours what is basically happening is the object is absorbing all the colours (wavelengths) except for the colour we see. For instance, a blue object looks blue because it absorbs all the light except for the blue light. To us, it looks blue. And also it can happen only if our brain can interpret the respective wavelength as blue.
For instance the blue what I see may not be the same blue you see, we will have slight variation according to our individual brain’s capability. However we humans have a common range of colours that we can see. An interesting fact is except for mammals like Apes, Monkeys and Chips other animals cannot see the colours same as what we see. That means they can see only a few colour differences. See the chart below.
||THE COLORS THEY SEE
|SPIDERS (jumping spiders)
||ULTRAVIOLET AND GREEN
||ULTRAVIOLET, BLUE, YELLOW
||BLUE AND RED
|CEPHALOPODS (octopi and squids)
||MOST SEE JUST TWO COLORS
||MOST SEE SOME COLOR
||SOME COLOR AND INFRARED
||FIVE TO SEVEN COLORS
||TWO COLORS BUT WEAKLY
||TWO COLORS BUT WEAKLY
||BLUE AND GREEN
||BLUES AND YELLOWS
|MAMMALS (primates-apes and chimps)
||SAME AS HUMANS
|MAMMALS (African monkeys)
||SAME AS HUMANS
|MAMMALS (South American monkeys)
||CAN’T SEE RED WELL
This infers a great insight to all of us that in reality there are no Brown, white or black among races in people exists. This is the fact. White people are white because their skin tone absorbs all other wavelengths than white, black people are black because their skin tone absorbs all other wavelengths than black, same happens to brown or whatever colour tone people has. So what is the original colour? Black people are not black in real, white people are not white in real, Brown are not brown in real. Well our colours do not exist at all and nobody can say it. The colours will change if our brain’s capability to read the wavelength changes.
That might be the reason why all animals see humans as a single creature without any partiality for races and colours. Our pets love us whether we are black or brown or white. They feel us the same.
We have a unique gifted ability to read millions of colours. We can see the rainbows, we can see the parakeet’s beautiful feathers, we can the waterfalls divine white, we can see the underwater so deep and what else left for us to blame that we cannot see? Almost nothing.
Animals can see less that might be why they feel more and appreciate more, we can see more but we are feeling less than what we should have been. We can do wonders if we ignore our differences by races, colours, religions, nationalities and whatever it splits us. We can unify ourselves as just humans. We can see what the rest of the millions of the species on the earth cannot see, even we have grown far intelligent to see what nature has not allowed us to see, we have microscopes to see the smallest. Telescopes to see the farthest, infra-red views to see through the dark but all we need is to open our soul to see the things which are so close to us.
We cannot defy ourselves for a long time, at some point we need to unify as humans stop fighting, cheating and behaving selfishly. Why not we do it when the clock is ticking NOW?
-Words by Din