No, no, no. It can not be. The sun on a blue sky clear day is no longer yellow! Don’t believe it? Do an internet search or look and see it is so, for yourself.
Men have been encouraged to keep an eye on the sky, to help predict and plan for the future, at least since the beginning of recorded history. Such as noting the position of the Sun to determine the time to plant crops or detect the smoke of an approaching enemy army’s campfires.
Nowadays, men pretty much rely on machines attached to monitors to predict and plan for the future. Casting eyeballs upwards isn’t nearly as important as it used to be. At least that’s my excuse for not noticing when the sun first started appearing as white, instead of yellow, when not being filtered by clouds.
I have made it a habit to trust major media outlets to inform me when “leading scientists” make an important scientific discovery. A dramatic change in the color of the sun should qualify as being an important discovery to communicate to the general public or at least to some part of the public that I am a part of. I received no such notice. No MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, PBS,, NPR, New York Times reporting to prepare me for the shock of looking up to discover that there, not out of, but rather in, the clear blue sky, blazed the Sun, in all of its whiteness!
There was not a hint of fog, haze or air pollution. Just blue sky and white sun.
I tried to convince myself that the Sun is still the color of ripe lemons, with it only being the discomfort of staring at the Sun preventing me from not looking long enough to see the still existing yellow ball of my childhood.
It was on some long forgotten by me, internet source that I first saw noticed of the sun’s color change. It got my attention because I had been perceiving Sun light to be much brighter than usual. This change had not gotten my attention otherwise, such as by looking up.
I remember asking a tree trimmer if he had noticed an increase in the sun’s brightness since I thought he would know if anyone did. He looked at me strangely before saying, “No.” He did offer the opinion that we sure were having some nice weather lately.
I am no highly trained photographer but knew enough to take advantage of the early morning or late afternoon sunlight to capture crisp images. This was particularly the case for reflections in the water. I started to notice that this was no longer the case, as any time of day, direct sunlight worked as well. I noticed that whenever there was direct sun there was lighting overhead suitable for surgery.
I don’t know any astronomers to consult. By now I trust my own eyes, as they do their thing of seeing white, where they once saw yellow.
I went on to encounter no family member, friend, acquaintance or stranger who thought that things had been looking overly bright lately. I heard all kinds of “small talk” about the weather. I heard no “big talk,” about overly sunny days.
The internet source that suggested that the once yellow sun was now white, asked the reader to recall the crayon color chosen in childhood drawings to render the Sun in. I didn’t have to think long to recall those simpler times.
I shared this memory with a family member. I received the response that perhaps kindly adults suggest the yellow crayons for drawing the white sun, as white provided a better contrast than the sun’s natural, white color. After pausing a moment to experience the pure astonishment, I replied that I recalled picking the white crayons to draw clouds in a blue sky quite satisfactory. For the sun, yellow had always been away to go.
I recently came across a drawing that I did on my fifth birthday that my Mother had thought to save. The drawing was of a person standing underneath a bright yellow sun. Actually, the figure was standing under two yellow suns, but that’s another story.
It has been suggested to me that perhaps my age of 67 years might have something to do with what my eyes now see as a change in the sun’s color. My optometrist didn’t see it that way.
It has been explained to me that a person of my age may need reminding that every fact posted on the internet isn’t true. Really?!
In response to asking others to please look up at the sun on a sunny day and see what color it is, I’ve gotten, “No, because I could hurt my eyes.” For some reason, I am less shocked than I am by those who now assert that the sun has always been white or claim they just don’t have the time to contemplate such foolishness.
Once a man gets a hint of seeing something unbelievable in the sky the mind can quickly go to asking the question of whether or not this change presents a threat to the well-being of a man’s self or family or community and if so is there anything a man can do about it.
This applies to women as well.
There is also the “ignorance is bliss argument.” There is something efficient about denying the obvious multiple changes that are easily noticed by looking up. I believe there is danger in ignoring this fact and consciously or subconsciously believing that little has changed. The color of the sun is not a little thing.
At this point in time, I don’t know if I can do anything about it, other than write this article.
I have no special training in sky watching. I have seen what I have seen due to time for contemplation of the obvious due to retirement and an open mind.
One of the Good Men Project’s slogan’s is “we eat stereotypes for lunch.” I have greatly appreciated reading Good Men Project stories of men who have stopped pretending to be something they weren’t in order to conform to some stereotype of masculinity.
It is easy to dismiss others who have something astonishing to say with names such as “conspiracy theorist, “tin hat wearer”, or an internet dupe,” without considering their reports on their merits, at our peril.
In the near future, I hope, to write about men and the Mandela Effect, Chem. trails, Sun simulators, Planet X, Big Foot, aliens, and other strange things. I write not from the perspective of an expert, but as a retired man with an open mind and a believer in the Good Men Project.
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