The colour of a dress became an Internet sensation after a picture of a dress was posted. Hotly debated was the colour of the dress. Some people see it as blue and black, while others see white and gold. Who is right? But does it matter who is right? It is not a life threatening issue, so why the fuss. It is interesting to see how people and the media reacts to trivial matters when more serious matters do not command such a commotion.
The lesson seen in this debate is about the how a same truth may be perceived by different people. In this case, the differences in colour perception may be scientifically explained. Sydney Morning Herald has this to say:
Doctor Simon Cropper, a senior researcher from the University of Melbourne’s School of Psychological Sciences, also has some bad news for the black and blue crew.
“Colour, in particular, is incredibly context sensitive in terms of how you perceive it. It depends on what’s surrounding the colour, what the illuminate is, what the texture is and sometimes what the material is, as in what the thing is. So that’s why it sets it up for all sorts of disagreements,” he said.
In short, what you see may not be what it is. It seems that most people can accept such a “scientific” explanation. Truth can therefore be evasive. It takes faith to believe in what you want to believe. Strangely, when the same principle is applied to those who believe in God, atheists and agnostics dismiss faith as absurd. To them, faith is only for the weak minded. But the same people have no problem in joining the debate on the colour of the dress. What do these people believe in now? Blue and black or white and gold? Who are the ones who vacillate in their faith ever so often, yet denying faith? Just consider again the grounds for a faithless belief psyche.
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.