It’s no coincidence that we chose this song in a time where we seem more divided than ever. This past year we’ve seen people fight each other because of race, political beliefs, and differences in how we should solve our problems. But fighting isn’t the answer, we must come together.
Between the black and white
Naming every shade of grey has left us colourblind
One of the major topics that this song touches on is binary thinking meaning seeing things as two dimensional meaning either right or wrong. But in most cases, there is more to it. This mindset leaves us with tunnel vision, unable to see the spectrum of possibilities.
We are all for none and none for all
We are the sickness and the symptom and the cure
Hands Like Houses takes a spin on the popular saying ‘all for one and one for all’ meaning a group that sacrifices themselves for the greater good. Instead, its quite the opposite. We become so selfish and caught up in our own opinions of what we want and see as fit that we don’t act for the greater good. In reality, we are the cause of our problems but also the solution to them as well. We can only cure our sickness if we are willing to change our nature and tear down our barriers.
Lead singer Trenton Woodley had this to say about Colourblind:
“Colourblind” is about our cultural obsession with binary ideas — we are black or white, right or wrong. We’re so caught up, we forget that we live in a world of color.
[The track] was born out of frustration at the way people seem to polarize themselves on issues or identity. Our culture seems to be built on the idea that “if you’re not for me, then you’re against me”, and the harder we seem to pull away in either direction, the less capable we are of actually resolving our inherent problems. By obsessing over black and white definitions, we not only forget shades of grey but the full, infinite spectrum of colour in between. -via Faster Louder
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