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Imagine we lived in a world that’s all of a sudden devoid of color, but where you’re given the option to have just one object keep its original hue. Which object (and which color) would that be?

“For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.” Martin Luther

It was hard to decide between the blue of the sky, and the green of grass and trees. The sky color, however, is not naturally blue; its color changes based on the weather, the atmosphere, the seas, storms, humidity, heat. So you cannot depend on it to be blue.

Only plants will keep their color. How dead the earth would seem without the green of the grass and the trees. Obviously they would not be green all year, but we already have to suffer through those time in many parts of the world, so that would be “normal.” We’d certainly miss the oranges, reds and gold of our autumn trees, but they also signify that the tree is going into its dormancy, and within a short time will be bare of leaves and their signs of life. Children would still have their piles of leaves to play in — would they be gray — but the grass would be green, and that stays with us most of the year.

Green is a happy, hopeful color, signifying life and growth. It may not be rarer than gold or silver, but certainly more important to life.

“All theory, dear friend, is gray, but the golden tree of life springs ever green.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe