this is progress

There is much we do not notice. My recent reading suggests that humans were unable to see colors until a few thousands of years ago. The ancient Greeks apparently only saw red, orange, and yellow. Color is not mentioned in Genesis, nor in the early Vedas.

What does that mean? Did our color sense develop, or did we start to notice what was there?

Maybe the difference matters because we can develop our ability to notice. For my wife’s birthday party a few years ago I did not notice, till my sister pointed it out, that I had not arranged for plates and forks for the cake; then last night before a meeting I had set up, I did notice (but only on the way there—but, hey, that is progress!) that I had arranged for no water nor cups. If we can notice more and more subtle things in our environs, maybe we still have a long way to go.

:- Doug.

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