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Wednesday June 29, 2022

Black and White

black and white

Why are we so scared of the colour black – why? Is it because black stands for death, darkness, evil, betrayal, failure and war? What’s the point of life if there is no death? Who will pray for light if there is no darkness? Who will appreciate the good if there is no bad and who will praise honesty when there is no betrayal? The  joy of success tastes best after one has seen failure in life. Peace is felt best after the turbulence of war. No matter how pure, happy and peaceful the colour white may seem it is only worthy when it comes with the colour black. There is no point of white if there is no black.

Our life is like a chess board checkered with black and white. In order to win we have to step on both blocks. We need both black and white in our lives. Black  and white have different significance in different countries. While white is worn in a Christian wedding, it is the colour of funerals in the Hindu traditions. White men were once  considered better than coloured men who were considered slaves. It is all a matter of perception. What might seem good to one might seem evil to another. Black and white goes way beyond the ordinary colours visible to the human eye, it is a thought and a vision of human perceptions.

When we eat food we need both salt and pepper. A person with white hair symbolizes that they have lived a life full of good and bad experiences. Black and white are best companions. The connection of black and white is like nori and rice. White is the sugar, black is the spice. If one goes missing nothing feels nice and complete.

Image courtesy: Wikimedia Commons has collaborated with ‘Word Munchers’, a creative writing platform that trains and encourages kids and youngsters to hone their creative writing skills. will be publishing two short essays by students of ‘Word Munchers’ every Saturday.


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