The Importance of Colour
Do you know what colour you are?
You may be surprised!
I, for one, would hate to be colour blind! Colours are important, significant, and meaningful in so many ways in our society, that I don't believe we fully appreciate the impact they can have on us, our families, friends, and lives.
Colour in Music
Here are just a few songs a 30 second search brought up that involve colour.
Colour in World History
Bet you know what 'colour' you are on THIS count!
Colour has played an important part in world history; the segregation because of skin-colour has led to some of the biggest conflicts and changes in modern history. The American Civil War; the apartheid in South Africa; even Hitler’s idea of the perfect specimen.
There are many more historically documented conflicts that were at the most base of reasons, about colour, and sadly it is something some people today still struggle with.
Colour in Sport
What colour/s are you now?
But sometimes, when it’s sport season, we let colour segregate us again and become passionate supporters for our teams! Green and Gold Aussies! The All Blacks. The Blues and the Maroons!!! For your information, I’m a Blue born and Maroon bred, so I WIN EITHER WAY!!! Haha!
Even down to the colours of the ribbons and medals for placing in any competition: blue for first, red second, and green third. Gold, silver, bronze.
There are so many other colours for other sporting teams and events it wouldn’t be feasible to list them all here. Shall we say this is perhaps the only occasion when colour-based segregation is a positive thing.
Colour in Clothing
For the One of a Kind, Mr Mischief!
I had a good friend from work whom you could reliably tell what day of the week it was by the colour of his shirt!
Pink or purple on a Monday;
Checkered Tuesday (which was generally a blue check on white);
And the ties..!! So many beautiful colours!
I guess he was a bit of a rainbow.... ;-P
People wear specific colours at specific occasions because they have significance to them. In western tradition, we tend to wear black to funerals, whereas in many Asian cultures white is the colour of mourning. People wear red if they want to feel confident, blue is said to be calming, green refreshing. Purple was worn by the rich, powerful, and royal...perhaps the sexually deprived...?
Colour as a Language
Mustard? Eggplant? Sage?
Down the years, colours have been attributed many different meanings:
Red: confidence, passion, anger, love, lust, stop, good luck
Green: new life, nature, safety, go, luck, wealth
Orange: energy, happiness, balance
The list is endless and varied, depending on which you culture you choose to take your information from. I don’t believe you could argue that colour isn’t something significant to many, many people.
The Apex Australia Colours
Red, Blue, Yellow.
Our Apex branding: blue, yellow and red. There's meaning, right there. We also use the different coloured font and rings on our dinner badges to denote meaning. They must have known something when they made the National Board ring purple…hehehe!
Colour as a Tool
Cause and Awareness ribbons
The most recent incarnation of colour symbology would be the cause and awareness campaign ribbons. Things like pink for breast cancer, blue for Beyond Blue and depression, a multicoloured puzzle for autism, yellow for suicide awareness and prevention, purple for religious tolerance, orange for Harmony Day, red for AIDS, silver for ovarian cancer, a white wreath for victims of suicide.
Now, we all have some colours that are particularly special to us, be they because they are a favourite, or carry with them memories and connotations known only to ourselves. I have 3 colours that are particularly dear to me, and they are blue, yellow, and white. Blue for depression awareness; yellow for suicide awareness and prevention, and white for the wreaths used to mark the victims of suicide each year on May 29th.
The Blue People
Did you know that approximately 160,000 young people between the ages of 16 and 24 suffer from depression? I found that figure staggering, and very, very sad, and disturbing. Depression and suicide awareness are causes very near and dear to my heart, and I doubt there are many people now days who can say that neither one has touched their lives in some way or another. I, for one, am sick of wearing black because of it.
Colour IS Important!
Colour is an important part of life. It surrounds us and binds us together; it separates us and labels us. I think most importantly it promotes awareness.
If I can ask you one thing, it is this: please look out for the blue people, and think of that little yellow ribbon, because I do not want to see any more white wreaths on May 29th this year.
So, what colour are you, anyway?