World in Disdress

Most historians agree that the great divide happened in and around 15,000 B.C. and 1,500 A.D. with comparisons of human development between what they referred to as the “Old” World and the “New” World. But if you ask me, and I realize you are not but I am going to say anyway, the greatest divide occurred on February 26, 2015 when it seemed as though the entire world weighed in on a subject that “blue” our minds.

It started out with a Tumblr user innocently trying to make sense of what she was seeing and supposedly not seeing (according to her friends). She shared a picture of a dress and posed a simple question, undoubtedly thinking she would receive a few reinforcements that would end the discussion once and for all: “Is this dress white and gold, or blue and black?” What she didn’t expect was a world just as confused as she was, hysterically seeking answers to a bizarre phenomenon.

What was most interesting to me during this frenzy were the intense reactions I was experiencing while trying to either see what others were seeing, or the frustration in trying to get others to see it my way. Surprisingly the emotions that one goes through when they utterly and whole-heartedly believe something to be one way, while someone else feels equally as passionate about the opposite way is a sense of fear and desperation like none other. I almost felt like people were seeing a gorilla in a photograph clearly of fruit. Where on earth did they see this gorilla?? Taylor Swift described it best in her tweet to this dispute:

I don’t understand this odd dress debate and I feel like it’s a trick somehow.
I’m confused and scared.
PS it’s OBVIOUSLY BLUE AND BLACK.

Needless to say, this story got a lot of people into fervent arguments and it got me into a wild tizzy as well. And then somehow my questions toward others reflected back at me and I started feeling uncertain and insecure about my own beliefs. Could it be me? Is my mind tricking me or were their minds tricking them? I was completely convinced that half of humankind was colour-blind and only now- after thousands of years of civilization, technology and expertise- this ugly dress was the thing that was going to save us all and bring us the clarity to help those who were imprisoned in a world of distorted colouration. Those poor souls. It’s BLUE AND BLACK, PEOPLE!

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