It’s funny how something silly can begin a journey towards something incredibly deep.
Before this article is over those who are ready will begin a journey down a rabbit hole that makes the Matrix movies look like romper room and those that aren’t will just move onto the next meme. Hold onto your hats and great ready to venture to the most colorful corner of the occult. We promise a very happy ending for those that like humanity.
Thursday night (26th of Feb 2015) a huge meme exploded onto the internet that all began with a simple question a scottish actress posted on her twitter about the color of a dress. Everyone from Taylor swift to Justin Bieber to Kanye West all gave their opinions and the amazing thing was just how differently people saw it. 70% swore it was white and gold while 30% swore it was black and blue and some even saw it change colors right before their eyes.
“The desire for knowledge is first stimulated in us when remarkable phenomena attract our attention. For it to continue we must find a deeper sympathetic connection, which will lead us by degree to a deeper acquaintance with the subject” -Goethe
The Rebel Scientist turned poet
It seems Goethe understood the concept well. When he was thirty seven years old working as a bureaucrat in Germany he grew bored and traveled to Italy. Seeing the great works of art there opened up his mind and he began a new phase of his life. The study of color he considered especially interesting and he went on to write a book about his “Theory of Colors”
As to what I have done as a poet… I take no pride in it… but that in my century I am the only person who knows the truth in the difficult science of colours”. -Goethe
Goethe considered his work on color to be his greatest work, that is saying alot since he is know as a poet and writer of fiction, primarily for his principal work Dr. Faustus, and not a scientist. Why then would he consider it his greatest work and why is this not recognized about him?
Goethe was speaking to the initiated. He considered himself a scientist first and foremost, moreover he adhered to the ancient belief that all science, art and religion where the same study. Goethe’s main challenge was to overturn the work of Newton in optics, which he discovered to be false. At Goethe’s time, it was generally acknowledged that, as Isaac Newton had shown in his Opticks in 1704, colourless (white) light is split up into its component colors when directed through a prism.
Along with the rest of the world I was convinced that all the colours are contained in the light; no one had ever told me anything different, and I had never found the least cause to doubt it, because I had no further interest in the subject.
But how I was astonished, as I looked at a white wall through the prism, that it stayed white! That only where it came upon some darkened area, it showed some colour, then at last, around the window sill all the colours shone… It didn’t take long before I knew here was something significant about colour to be brought forth, and I spoke as through an instinct out loud, that the Newtonian teachings were false.—Goethe
Just how Deep is this Rabbit hole?
What is ironic is that his long dead nemsis Newton was actually very similar to Goethe, far from the father of mechanist science that the modern science textbooks make him out to be, Newton was a master alchemist, believer in the aether and deeply religious. Some even say Newton had begun to go against the dogma of the church, began to research islam and even discovered how to turn lead into gold. His last job as secretary of the Bank of London’s treasury lends some credence to that. The main thing here is to keep in mind, things can be a hellva lot more fantastic than we could ever imagine and even two guys who were supposedly opposed had much in common and were studying the same thing.
So back to the Dress, why does it appear so differently to people?
Two quotes from goethe lead us to a better understanding of what color actually is.
“The eye creates freedom for itself by producing the opposite of that which is forced upon it, creating in this way a satisfying whole” – Goethe
“Color itself is shade… and just as it has an affinity with shadow so too will it merge with it as soon as the right conditions are given” -Goethe
When we study Goethe and Newtons view of color we see that the actual way their organized colors in relation to each other was correct and matched, yet there was a minor difference which made ALL the difference. While both went from green to blue to violet to magenta to red to yellow and back to green, Newton and those who came after him considered that red green and blue combined together to make all colors. A very mechanistic explanation which stands to this day, even photoshop works this way. Newton and his adherents also could not explain magenta and weather or not it was a unique color.
Here it is, the big secret….
Goethe believed that color does not come from white light but color itself came from the borders between light a darkness. This is what he meant by “color is shade” Thus goethe believed that darkness itself was not simply an absense of light but it’s own unique color, a view which many artists hold true naturally. Goethe knew that color held the secret to the very structure of the universe and just how vital and important we, humans are in the entire equation.
“Color is an elementary phenomena in nature adapted to the sense of vision; a phenomena that like all others exhibits itself by separation and contrast, by comicture and union, by augmentation and neutralization, by communication and dissolution. -Goethe
We need to read carefully here… Goethe is saying that “color is adapted to vision” not the other way around. He is making a statement that color was crafted around us, human beings, not the other way around.When asked what came first, the plant or the flower,
What came first, the plant or the flower?
Goethe’s answer was equally mind bending. He said that essentially it was the flower that came first as it was the reason why the plant was designed so that we humans could enjoy the flower and it’s beauty. This would make Richard Dawkins and all the modern day bully atheists cringe in their chairs.
So now where does that leave us?
What began with a weird picture of a dress could end with you questioning everything the religion of modern “science” has told us. Just knowing that it has become a religion itself is enough to make anyone mad. The further you go down this rabbit hole the more you will understand that we are living inside the Truman show.
The mere mechanical explanations that modern day “science” leaves us are sorely lacking and our own eyes tell us that there is something alot more fantastic going on around us and within us. It’s time we choose to listen to that inner voice.
It’s time we began to believe our own eyes. Ms. Swift was onto something….
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