This Color Didn’t Really Exist in Ancient Greece

This Color Didn't Really Exist in Ancient Greece

( – When you think of the color blue, do you relate it with being around since the beginning of time? That might sound like a strange statement, but here’s a shocking fact: the ancient Greeks never mentioned blue or any other color closely resembling it.

Contrary to popular myth, it wasn’t because the ancient Greeks weren’t capable of seeing azure hues. They just didn’t see it as significant or important enough to stick a label on it, so it was rarely even mentioned.

Mitchell Moffit from AsapScience explains:

Moffit reiterates that sometimes our perception of the world around us is an illusion and our brains are an active part of creating it. This can lead to behaviors we later regret. If you’ve ever said, “Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time,” you’ve experienced this phenomenon first-hand.

Why Our Brains Adjust to What We Tell It

The human spirit is inherently rebellious. We rationalize choices and justify things even when our own parents warn us not to do it. Thinking ourselves wiser, we adopt mantras to convince ourselves it’s okay, incorporating mistakes in our lives.

But while the rebel heart might succeed, the ending rarely comes out in the wash quite as nicely. Just as the Greeks opted out of identifying blue, despite it being present right in front of their eyes, our brains adjust to our own perception of reality.

The important thing to remember is it’s ok to make mistakes. Hindsight really is 20/20, and we can’t control our past perception of what we thought was good at the time. All we can do is use it to evolve and move forward.

So, please — don’t beat yourself up over past mistakes or choices. There were underlying realities that were not visibly apparent to you back then. Every day is a new opportunity to learn, grow and succeed, and you’re more than capable of doing better!

~Here’s to Your Success!

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