Red is truly the color of Life. For the very fluid that maintains life for humankind is our blood; in particular, our red blood cells.
And within our blood is
the fingerprint of our individuality, our complementarity
and our similitude.
We are all fashioned in the image and likeness
of God. We are all One, regardless of color,
race, religion or beliefs.
And thus, ALL Life is precious!
And if Life is so precious, we in our colors and languages and wealth and poverty, we in our intelligence and ignorance, we in our pride and our humility, we find within our hearts of blood and spirit, the LOVE to respect the differences and GIVE anyway, with grace, just as we have been given to – by Jesus!
Red says – I love you, because you and I are One.
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Cochineal (Dactylopius coccus)
is a scale insect in the suborder Sternorrhyncha,
from which the crimson-coloured dye carmine is derived.
A primarily sessile parasite native to tropical and subtropical South America and Mexico, this insect lives on cacti from the genus Opuntia, feeding on plant moisture and nutrients.
The insect produces carminic acid that deters predation by other insects. Carminic acid, which occurs as 17-24% of the weight of the dry insects, can be extracted from the insect’s body and eggs and mixed with aluminum or calcium salts to make carmine dye (also known as cochineal).
Carmine is primarily used today as a food coloring and for cosmetics.
Cochineal is also an acid-base indicator.
It takes about 70,000 insects to make one pound of the dry powder. The powder is about 10% carminic acid, which is yellow in acidic solution and deep violet in alkaline solution.
OK, so you might be asking, “What does a Stop Sign have to do with Life, since all those other pictures are of “living” things?”
Well, statistics say that running red lights and stop signs are the top 7th and 8th causes of car accidents.
So following the directions of a stop sign could very well save the Life of yourself or someone else.
Of course we’d always prefer to see the red on that sign, instead of the inside of our car!!