color conversion

color conversion cartoon by nakedpastor david hayward
“Color Conversion” (ink & colored pencil on paper, 8″x8″)

The mind is quick to latch on to easy answers, quick solutions, clear and reliable facts. It feeds on statements, data, and exclamations that confirm it’s own right to live and establish it’s right to rule. It tends to think black and white, and therefore imputes onto the world a black and white standard. You see what you think.

Questions open up the mind to mystery. They undermine the mind’s attempts to close itself in. They explode categories, boundaries and rules and invite you into a world of openness and wonder. They welcome color. Even black and white becomes color.

This older cartoon talks about conversion. Some convert from color to black and white. Some convert from black and white to color. Where are you?

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  • Carol

    Plenty of secular people think in static, black and white categories, also.

    Actually, it is the dualistic mindset, which can be either religious or secular, that cannot tolerate the paradox which can hold the complementary opposites required for balanced thinking in creative dynamic tension.

    “Heraclitus taught that all changes in the world arise from the dynamic and cyclic interplay of opposites and he saw any pair of opposites as a unity. This unity which contains and transcends all opposing forces, he called Logos.” ~Source Unknown

    “The test of first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

    “When we stopped teaching the contemplative mind in a systematic way about 400 to 500 years ago, we lost the capacity to deal with paradox, inconsistency, and human imperfection. Instead, it became “winners take all” and losers lose all. Despite all our universities and churches in Western Christianity, we learned to choose one side over the other and if possible, exclude, punish, or even kill the other side. That’s dualistic thinking at its worst; and it’s the normal mind that has taken over our world. It creates very angry and often, violent people. Peace and happiness are no longer possible, because there is always a crusade to be waged and won. That is ego at work and surely not soul.” ~Richard Rohr

  • Rick

    Nice representation of a complex topic. It was when I started hearing there were other religions, each with their own gods, that the possibility of there being no god started to form. Once you can accept there is no god tell you black from white the people become easier to understand and the world becomes a more beautiful place.

  • Carol

    It is not God who tells us that everything is either black or white, it is our dualistic minds attributing our disordered thoughts to Divine Revelation.

    “If God created man in his image, we have more than reciprocated.” –Voltaire

    “You can safely assume that you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.” ~Anne Lamott

    “I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.” –Susan B. Anthony

    Atheistic communism did not exactly produce a simpler less predatory society. The problem is not *religion*, it is narcissistic egoism, a universal human affliction. The only difference in this matter between religious people and secular people is that religious people claim Divine sanction for their predatory selfishness and secular people appeal to a political “inalienable right” to justify the selfish pursuit of their individual rights and disordered desires even when it results in harm to others.

    “No general principle can decide each concrete case; always secondary principles and special circumstances enter into consideration.” –David Spitz, The New Conservatives

    Living, moving & having my being in the radical Grace of the Gray…

  • Pat

    I was just thinking the other day how we really are products of our environment and have to fight to maintain independent thinking while still being a part of an environment.

    I would say that my thinking used to be more black and white with peaks of color and now I’ve moved to more color with a lot less black and white.

  • BW

    I have at least transitioned to gray thinking – and hoping to add the color!

  • Lynette

    Isn’t the assumption that all those of the religious mindset are dualistic thinkers and all those of a secular mindset are not dualistic thinkers a rather dualistic view of the world, thus negating your own point?

  • Lynette: Are you challenging me to a dual? Kidding. Good thought.

  • I loved this illustration.
    I imagine something more complex (though I can’t draw it)
    where some portions become shades of grey and then color in certain areas. We are all highly partitioned so that we have black and white, grey and color speckling us all over.

    So, my image of a more complex version of this would be that “Color” is lighter, floats up and so as a circle get brighter it is at the top of the pic.

    Nicely done, David

  • thanks sabio. happy new year.

  • Happy New Year, David!

  • Pat P.

    Let’s not forget, grey (or gray) is a color, even though it may not be represented in the drawing.