I once heard a story about a man who survived the Holocaust of WW2. He was deeply marred by his experience! Seeing the world as shades of grey instead of colour. I don’t know the details of what happened or how long he was affected but what I do remember was that for a long time all he saw was a world without colour. It could be depression and/or trauma that made him see the world that way!
One day it all changed, I don’t know why or where, but all of a sudden he saw colour again! He received a blessing in his life maybe.
What does this say about our ability to see colour and be emotionally attached or unattached to colours? What else does it say about the abilities of perception when the seeing mechanism is affecting the perception of the object it is observing, i.e. what is the true color of an object when a colour is not perceiveable?
Mr Merkan, an Art and Graphics teacher at my childhood High School during the 1980s, could not tell the difference between purple and brown! Therefore he would turn up to teach with a purple suit on or a brown suit on. I just thought he had an unconventional taste, but no! He claimed to be colour blind, or perhaps he was trying to tell us something else by his bold fashion statement, like he’s been wearing those same two suits since the 1970s. I don’t know but he had a good sense of humour!
Either way, perception is a slithery thing, you only have to look at a Magician’s Act or to look at Salvador Dali’s paintings to work that out!
Salvador Dali: The Persistence of Memory – Wikipedia