Theory of Colors

GoetheFarbkreisWhen the eye sees a colour it is immediately excited and it is its nature, spontaneously and of necessity, at once to produce another, which with the original colour, comprehends the whole chromatic scale. — Goethe

Philosophers have come to understand the distinction between the optical spectrum, as observed by Newton, and the phenomenon of human colour perception as presented by Goethe.

Yellow is a light which has been dampened by darkness; Blue is a darkness weakened by light.
—Goethe

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“The assumption that animals are without rights and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.”
Arthur Schopenhauer

Schopenhauer criticized Spinoza’s belief that animals are to be used as …a mere means for the satisfaction of humans
and protested against the use of the pronoun “it” in reference to animals because it led to the treatment of them as though they were inanimate things.

To reinforce his points, Schopenhauer referred to the look in the eyes of a monkey who had been shot and also the grief of a baby elephant whose mother had been killed by a hunter.

“Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to living creatures cannot be a good man.”

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