my traveling meditation on Kierkegaard

by Andrea Elizabeth

Black is an absolute color, as is white. Grey is subjective because there are varying amounts of black and white in it. One could argue that they can tell when gray crosses the line between dark gray, therefore mostly black, and light grey, therefore mostly white, but does one really know if the ratio is more black than white? Doesn’t the nature of black and white need to be taken into account? In mixing colors, it takes much less black to darken white, and much more white to lighten black. In paint, black is a much stronger color. But with light, black is the absence of color and white is the presence of all color. So painting is opposite life, therefore is painting evil? No, it is just backward. Like a film negative.

So if backward is relevant, then one pays more attention to shadows.