I am addicted to the TV show Mad Men. I’ve been watching an episode in bed on my iPad every night before I fall asleep.
Last night (season 3, episode 10), the following conversation between Don (the main character; he’s the creative director at an ad agency) and Suzanne (the woman he is currently having an affair with; she’s an elementary school teacher) ensues…
Suzanne: This eight-year-old, Charlie, looked up at me during art today and said, How do I know if what I see as blue is the same as it is to you?
Don: What did you say?
Before you finish reading this conversation, answer the question for yourself. How would you have responded to Charlie?
Suzanne: The truth. I don’t know. I never have. But I love that he made me think about that again. What would you have said?
Don: I would have told Charlie that my job is about boiling down communication to its essentials. And that I know that there is a blue that at least 45% of the population sees is the same.
Suzanne: Maybe half those people think they’re looking at yellow.
Don: Maybe. The truth is people may see things differently, but they don’t really want to.
I think the way you answer this question says a lot about you. How you see and label and comprehend the world. How you interact with people. How you solve problems. How you deal with the complexities and nuances of life.
Are you a teacher? An artist? A mathematician?
Do you think you see things differently than the rest of the world? Do you want to? Does it matter?