While Newton was working on his color theory and making wheels of color for experiments, Goethe was also trying to figure out color. These two men came at the problem from very different angles. Newton, the mathematician, realized white light was composed of all the colors of the spectrum. Goethe, the Romantic who eschewed mathematics, understood color as a play between light and dark.
Needless to say, Newton’s theory took the field and mathematicians and physicists rejected Goethe for the most part. However, we are indebted to Goethe for his thoughts on the way the mind perceives color. And for his symmetrical color wheel.
Whether your approach to life is rational and ordered or irrational and messy, whether you hold the prism away from you or right up to your eye, you have a contribution to make to your world. Even if your world consists only of your family and friends.
Goethe was right about one thing, perspective is everything. Don’t be afraid to make adjustments to your own. The world will change as you do.