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There was once a world with no blue. If you wonder what in the heck I am talking about, here is a rather light article that speaks of the history of the missing blue.

It is true, “blue” did not really enter into anyone’s language until modern times. Even today, many languages still have no actual word for “blue,” using words more akin to “green” to cover all the hues and variations. The sea in ancient literature was often labeled black or wine colored while the sky was either light or dark, white, black or red.

There was no blue.

Now of course “blue” has always existed, I just mean we did not have a word for it, so it was not really in our conscious awareness, therefore we did not run around perceiving things as “blue.” That is the tremendous power of language! We can actually speak things into existence, give them a name, and proceed to make them a part of our reality.

Today “blue” has been so accepted, so normalized, that you would think I was quite weird if I tried to claim “blue” was actually just a man made invention, a figment of our imagination, a mutually agreed upon illusion.

This illusion is a great tragedy too, because it has made us all quite lazy. Nobody bothers to write about the swirling turbulence of a purple sky anymore. We just look up and go “meh, blue” or “meh, not blue today.”

I recently tried to read a story about a woman who, “walked across the green grass” and I just can’t even. I just went full blown millennial. Talk to the hand. It was enough to make me wail in despair and ponder the sheer nihilism of our existence and needless to say I fell down so many rabbit holes I never made it through the story on account of having an existential crisis.

Something very interesting about us people, we tend to see what we are primed to see. What is actually in front of us is less important than what we expect to see. Our brains tend to fill in the blanks, which is what optical illusions are often all about. We confirm our own biases. Once “blue” became a thing, we could now see it everywhere.

We tend to see what we are primed to see, what we expect to see, what we have a name for, and what we are actually looking for.