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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Gray Areas

Unless you squint your eyes, there are no gray areas.

I often feel like this: ‘she suffered from that common affliction of intellectuals: the ability to see all sides of an argument’.

It's black & white.

Is there an absolute answer? Yes? Then it's black or white. 

White or black...non-ambiguous. No argument or agonizing necessary.

Clear cut = unambiguous. The difference is easily understood.

Gray Area: a situation in which the rules are not clear, or in which you are not sure what is right or wrong

Black & white = Cut & dried. No going back. Done!

black and white 
Synonyms and related words:
North Pole, South Pole, antipodal points, antipodes, antipoints, antipoles, arc lighting, brouillon, cartoon, charcoal, charcoal drawing, chiaroscuro, contraposita, contrapositives, contraries, contrast, counterpoles, crayon, decorative lighting, delineation, design, diagram, direct lighting, doodle, draft, drafting, drawing, ebauche, electric lighting, enlightenment, esquisse, festoon lighting, floodlighting, fluorescent lighting, gaslighting, glow lighting, graph, highlights, illumination, incandescent lighting, indirect lighting, irradiation, light and shade, lighting, line drawing, night and day, opposite poles, opposites, overhead lighting, pastel, pen-and-ink, pencil drawing, polar opposites, poles, radiation, rough copy, rough draft, rough outline, silhouette, silver-print drawing, sinopia, sketch, sketching, spot lighting, stage lighting, strip lighting, study, tonality, tracing, vignette, writing, 

Opposites. Black. White. Opposites attract. What good would the black in this doodle be without the white spaces? You wouldn't be able to distinguish one from the other. How artistic is that?

The colors White and Black are widely used to depict opposites. Visually, white and black offer a high contrast. In western culture, white and black traditionally symbolize the dichotomy of good and evil, metaphorically related to light and darkness and day and night. The dichotomy of light and darkness appears already in the Pythagorean Table of Opposites.

Yes & No are Opposites. "Maybe" or "perhaps" don't really mean anything. They really mean that you are not committed to one thing or the other. You could change your mind at any time, depending on how you FEEL.

Some decisions have more white than black background or vice versa. 
gray area
Fig. an area of a subject or question that is difficult to put into a particular category because it is not clearly defined and may have connections or associations with more than one category.

gray area
Indeterminate territory, undefined position, neither here nor there. For example, There's a large gray areabetween what is legal and what is not This term, which uses gray  in the sense of "neither black norwhite" (or halfway between the two), dates only from the mid-1900s.

Main Entry:
opposite [op-uh-zit, -sit]  Show IPA
Part of Speech:noun
Definition:something completely unlike
Synonyms:another adverse, antilogy, antipode, antipole,antithesisantonym
contra, contradiction,contrarycontrastconversecounterpart
foil,inverse, obverse, oppositionother extreme,other side, 
other side of coin, paradoxreverse,vice versa
Notes:contrary  describes something that contradictsa proposition, 
converse  is used when theelements of a proposition are 
reversed ,opposite  pertains to that which is diametrically
opposed to a proposition, and reverse can meaneach of those

Decision making tools: Decision Making Tools from MindTools

Black & White Drawings by Lori Cotten

1 comment:

  1. love this creative look at Grey ....and how it relates to many other of your blogs. Fun.