My Father showed me how to perform all manner of practical tasks when I was fairly young. He being of the generation who knew how to fix stuff, and being an engineer to boot.
And I made a most willing apprentice - I loved the mystery of the toolbox - its tiny compartments filled with all manner of small, shiny treasures. And the pegboard wall at his office, with the tools neatly outlined, so you could tell which belonged where. I loved their names and their totally specific purposes, and the feeling of responsibility in being allowed to handle something sharp or otherwise dangerous.
But some things made no sense. Like plug wiring. Brown - live, blue - neutral, green and yellow - earth, he explained. Nooooo, surely he had this wrong. How had we not all been electrocuted? Any small child will tell you, the colour of the earth should have been a rich, soil-y brown. Green made better sense for live - like plants, living.
It didn't matter how patiently he told me that the system was planned to provide the lowest possible likelihood of mix ups, even if the electrician was colour blind. Intuitively, it still felt all wrong to me.
If the colour collaboratives were responsible for allocation of hues to the wires, we might not agree on the shades we used - neutral might be a soft grey or taupe, possibly charcoal, live would lead to a brisk debate - do we go neon bright, or more predictably bold red for danger? But I'm pretty cretain that faced with a choice, earth would have been brown all the way.
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