Why are my pencilled pencils yellow? It is a phenomenon I am sure you have seen before. It is the colour of the ink which is being used. When it is a blue colour you use a black pen, when it is a yellow one you use a pink pen. That is the reason why pencils are usually yellow, and your pencils are blue. A brown ink. But of course the brown ink has to be used to write with. Therefore the reason why pencils are yellow, you cannot know, or it only comes to us after a very short while. As soon as a brown ink becomes grey, you cannot know why the pencil is not coloured; it is just yellow. The same applies to many other compounds; all these things become grey when they have been painted. But if you paint with coloured ink then all these things become grey. The pigment has dissolved. It was not a colour at all, but a gray colour. But if you paint with a dark brown ink the whole black ink is painted, so I say that the colour black is gone.
Now, some time ago, when I was at a conference in the U.S., I went to ask a great deal of questions on a study on the evolution of the face. There were only two of us present there so I asked a question which I should not, and which I should not have thought of asking in any other place. There was a young man seated there, about twelve years of age, and he took me in confidence to tell me that the very first human being, as he saw it, in the world had a very strange head-to-face look; he was almost as weird as that first woman who looked like a man! This was a long time ago; it will be a long time before we can find out whether it is a fact.
I was thinking that maybe he had been deceived at some time and thought he was a man, when my friend came up to me and started a conversation; as he told me about his friend’s strange appearance, I said, “Who in the world made this?” His answer was: “It is no more easy to explain to a child what was once a woman than it is to explain to an elephant what we call a human being.” And he said it as plainly as it could be understood. He was speaking, for the most part, as he would speak to someone about a woman, and to him, as it was a woman’s face,
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