Say you’ve got a blue car. It’s blue to you, and it’s a really cool shade of blue too. But everyone around you insists it’s green because “just look at it, it’s obviously green”. This is sort of ok, except you’re still seeing blue. This happens until you start to doubt that your car is blue, maybe you’re colourblind and the car really is green?
One day you find someone - let’s call them Gary - who says “Oh hey, I like your blue car” and you freak out because someone else says your car is blue too!! That’s amazing!! So you ask, “Why do you see my car as blue but no one else does?”
And Gary says “Everyone else is expecting to see a green car because they have a green car”. This doesn’t make sense to you because you’ve been seeing everyone else with their green cars and you never really thought that their cars should be blue. So you ask “But why can I see their cars are green then?”
Gary says to you, “Because you’re used to seeing green cars in every advert, TV show, film. Green cars are everywhere”. And you say “But what about people like us? What about people with blue cars? Why aren’t we everywhere too?”
And Gary smiles sadly and says “Because people with green cars like to think we also have green cars. Even if we’re driving our blue cars down the street, they say the cars are green”
So you ask Gary, “Are there other people like me and you? Who can see the blue cars?” And Gary says “yeah, actually there’s a lot of us. We’re the blue car owners club.”
And suddenly you’ve got a bunch of friends that have blue cars. A lot of them are different models and different shades of blue, but they’re all blue. And when you work out what shade of blue your car is, you can start telling green car people about your blue car. When they say “oh what a lovely green car” you can say “actually, this is a navy blue Mercedes and I’m really proud of it”
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