A Technicolor life for everyone

Published on Saturday, 26 August 2017 18:54 - Written by


Those of you who have been with me a while may remember my old friend Bubba. He was a regular in this column for a while with a feature we called Ask Bubba. It was quite popular and some people speculated from time to time he was an imaginary friend or alter ego.

I had a chance to see Bubba several times recently and his left arm is featured prominently in my video interview with Aaron Franklin of Austin barbeque fame.

Being a student of all that is life, I asked Bubba the other day if he had ever tried these new glasses that correct color blindness. He said his kids had tried to get him to try them but he inferred it might impinge on his dining budget.

If you check out the Enchroma (.com) product website it explains the science behind color blindness (or color vision deficiency) much better than I could. One in twelve men and one in two hundred women experience the condition.

A video on the website shows reactions of users seeing colors for the first time. Their emotional response demonstrates, in a quite literal way, what an expansion of perspective reveals.

One mom told her husband to look at the eyes of his children. He wept. Most of the reactions varied from tears to shock.

One man had a color chart to identify all the new colors he was processing.

You have to wonder what the long-term effects of the change produced. Did the father love his children more deeply because he saw something different?

Probably not.

Maybe they were just more beautiful? That would be enough.

The closest experience I can equate was the moment, as 11 year-old, I got glasses to correct nearsightedness. Noticing the leaves on trees was the first big realization.

It makes you wonder what the next big breakthrough could be in response to our human condition.