If you’ve spent any time on social media in the past day, you have no doubt seen the picture at the top of this post. In fact, seeing it again on my blog may have just caused you to groan and roll your eyes.
I know, I get it. Over-saturation. In less than 24 hours, everyone with an Internet connection recognizes this dress. It’s the most shared, Tweeted, and Googled dress ever. I have never seen something have the explosive, viral pull of this little Is-It-Blue-Or-Is-It-White dress.
The science behind this mystery dress has been explained, but I still can’t wrap my head around how two people — living in the same house, under identical circumstances — could have such different perceptions of the same thing.
(Those two people, by the way, are me and my son. Or my other son and my husband. Yes, an even split here: Two blue votes, two white.)
I’ve seen many on Facebook complain that this dress is just a silly distraction (which I admit, it was for me at first, too). But now I’ve come see it in another way (no, not a third color scheme): I see this dress as a powerful allegory for life.
In 1961, Anais Nin wrote, “We don’t see things as they are. We see them as we are.” Never has there been a more viral manifestation of this quote than that (silly) little dress.
Our perception of the most heatedly debated topics — religion, finance, politics — all come from the vantage point of “as we are”.
I was so sure it was blue. My son was so sure it was white. We can’t both be right. Or can we? Tolerance takes on a new hue when we realize that reality may well be only in the eye of the beholder.
What did you think of the dress?