Fall is a wonderful time of year for many reasons, and not least among them is the spectacular foliage. Known for its beautiful color changes, the state of Tennessee released an amazing tourism video, in which men who are colorblind look through special lenses to experience the true beauty of their surroundings for the first time.
Fair warning: you may want to reach for a box of tissues first.
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Posted by Did You Know on Thursday, November 2, 2017
An estimated 13 million Americans have some degree of colorblindness, and in the video, a few men share their personal experiences with the condition. One man said he knew in kindergarten that something was different because he would have to read the names of the colors on his crayons instead of being able to identify them by sight. Another shared that while it can be frustrating, “you don’t know that you’re missing it because you never saw it to begin with.”
Tennessee has installed a special lens in scenic viewers around the state that will allow colorblind individuals to see the true scope of their surroundings. For many, it will be the first time they’ve ever seen such vivid color, and the video shows the visibly overwhelmed men experiencing the same emotional reaction.
“I feel like now I really know why people come from miles and states around just to see this,” one of the men shared.
“I’m glad to have seen it. I just wish I would have seen this all my life,” another added. “It’s kind of like what I would imagine the difference between here and heaven [to be].”