Black and White and Increasingly Grey

The more you learn, the more you realise that the world is not black and white. This contrasts strongly with the world we live in as children, where adults show us how to easily to put things into categories like “good”, “bad”, “right” and “wrong”.

It’s very easy to continue this pattern into adulthood. Lower taxes are good, breaking the law is wrong… you get the idea.

The more I learn, the more I realise the amount that I do not know, and the world reveals to me even greater shades of grey.

I like it.

PS: I am reminded of the lyrics from the song “Lateralus” by Tool:

Black then white are all I see in my infancy.
Red and yellow then came to be, reaching out to me.
Lets me see.
There is so much more that beckons me
To look through to these infinite possibilities.

As below, so above and beyond, I imagine
Drawn outside the lines of reason.
Push the envelope. Watch it bend.

PPS: In the song, these syllables follow the Fibonacci sequence. You may think that’s an aside, but it also illustrates the topic of this post – there is often more to read between the lines once we know how to do so.

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