As I was sitting here on my deck – yes, lovely weather in CA, wish it wasn’t -, trying to get some fresh air to counteract my sickness, perusing my crochet and knit groups on FB and being overwhelmed by Pinterest entries, it struck me. Yes, the epiphany. (And yes, I’m still on my deck.)
As I see all the beautiful, and maybe not so beautiful, entries from everyone who pitches in to the communal internet soup of fiber arts, yarn arts, whatever, I look at all the feedback and think how it wonderful it is. These artists willing to share their work with, well, virtually, the world. And the reason my title mentions belatedly, is because until just today, I didn’t notice anyone’s color. I don’t mean their projects, I mean the contributors themselves.
And that was the epiphany.
Artists from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, India, North America, and South America are all represented. Sorry Antarctica, you need to get busy. Also, my apologies to the island nations; your entries are too numerous to write down – kudos for you!
I like to consider myself without prejudice, but I seriously doubt it; and if you say you aren’t, well, maybe you know something I don’t, and please tell me. The ugly reality of prejudice is that we all have some, but the good and bad thing is, we’re humans. The same inherent, ancient xenophobia that we are all born with, can be overcome with diligence and understanding. I imagine back in caveman times and before, this fear of “outlanders” was a good thing (you’re not from my tribe); but as ever expanding means of communication has improved, our fear of other cultures has subsided, but not gone away. Mind you, I’m not saying to go fearlessly and naively out into the world, there is danger, but it’s changed. And it has for quite some time. But you get my point. We all harbor some irrational prejudice. My internal optimist thinks that most people are very conscientiously trying to overcome this ugliness, and winning, including myself.
One avenue to pursue in this altruistic hope? Take up knitting and/or crocheting, and go online. There, you will find the most colorblind community ever.
But how many of you already knew this?