The dress was made by a clothing company in Britain called Roman Originals. The owner, Peter Christodoulou (I don’t know if he’s aware of it but he has a great last name that means “servant of Christ”), said since the controversy started his company’s sales have skyrocketed 560%. As mentioned people cannot agree on whether the dress is white with gold stripes or blue with black stripes. Christodoulou would seem to have settled the controversy by revealing that the dress, which sells for $77, is definitely blue with black stripes. However, seeing the opportunity to cash in he announced that in a few months the company will produce a white and gold version of the dress. My guess is they will sell a lot of them.
By now the implications of this controversy are obvious. Isn’t it curious that everyone knows in a subject like this while there are differing opinions, in the end there’s a right and a wrong. A person can believe the dress is white and gold all he wants, but he is still wrong. There is an undeniable truth, and the truth is that the dress is blue and black. Yet when it comes to spiritual and moral issues many in our culture want to deny what this controversy reveals to be a fundamental reality. That reality is that there is a truth at the core of the disagreement, and to believe something other than the truth is to be wrong.
Yes, people disagree about spiritual truth and moral standards. But to go from that disagreement to the assertion that all beliefs about those matters are equally valid is ridiculous. It absolutely flies in the face of the nature of the real world. It makes far more sense to say that while people are free to have whatever belief and opinion that seems right to them, underneath all the disagreement there is truth. Someone is right and someone is wrong. While we must always respect people’s right to their beliefs, we should also seek what is actually true and not shy away from admitting that people simply can be wrong. While we must always be humble, we can also be confident when we have reason to think that what we believe is, in fact, the truth.