Sooooo I was reading this book Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy about cognitive behavioural therapy (still reading it actually, I take a million years to read some non-fiction!) and today I asked Siri to play a random podcast episode, and she chose a This American Life episode called Ten Sessions, which is about a woman undergoing cognitive processing therapy. A very interesting episode. (TW: SA)
From Joyful, by Ingrid Fetell Lee (p29):
Why do some cultures reserve color only for celebratory moments, while others make it a part of the everyday?
It would be easy to conclude that it’s a simple matter of preference: certain cultures have developed an appetite for color, while others prefer a grayscale life. But I think the real answer lies in a cultural bias deep in Western society that runs toward sophistication, away from joy. This bias was forcefully expressed by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe when he wrote in 1810 that “savage nations, uneducated people, and children have a great predilection for vivid colors,” but that “people of refinement avoid vivid colors in their dress and the objects that are about them, and seem inclined to banish them altogether from their presence.”
Aw, gee. I knew the song had great composition, but you know what? I’d never truly heard the story before. What a voice.