Darkness is the absence of light.
Across all ages, light has been worshipped and Darkness been frowned upon. Devils live in the dark, the grim reaper wears black. The Dark signifies Death. Light is associated with Joy, happiness and warmth. Darkness has always been condemned.
Maybe it’s the dark spreading the fear of the unknown.
Are we really scared of death? Or are we simply too afraid of leaving what we know, whether we are happy or not, for the unknown?
And are we really afraid of the dark, or are we fearful of venturing out in the absence of light, into the unknown?
The true beauty of the dark is that it helps us hide our most inner thoughts inside itself. Think of a room. A dark room. And you’re in it, along with a number of people.
People keep an unreadable expression in public. A different mask for different places. Home face, work face, street face, photograph face.
In the darkened room, however, there are no faces. Your mind knows that it’s too dark for your expression and your thoughts to be read. You are cocooned inside it, your privacy will not, cannot, be breached.
Safe, perfectly safe.
Unmask yourself and be liberated.
Since we can’t see into the dark, humans perceive that they cannot be seen in the dark either. We tend to think we are anonymous. Hence, whilst in the dark, you may feel more free, since no one can really read your emotions.
It’s one of the things that leads to people often going to the cinema for a first date, or being with your loved one in a darkened room, your anxiety cannot be read, and you’ll perceive your expressions to be unreadable. The awkwardness can thus, be avoided.
Psychological studies have shown that we self serve- show our true, negative sides and innermost desires-being more greedy, more dishonest amidst the dark, irrationally feeling invisible.
This can be likened to the internet. The internet offers us a bucket load of anonymity. It’s no wonder we have a plethora of profanity, explicity and hate here, since at the end of the day, we do blend in.
At this point, I wonder, how different would the Human race be, had we lived by the dark, and slept by the day?
How much darker?
Thank You for reading.
A shock of white could save you from your shadow
Why is the dark behind the moon?
Out of reach until the light is shattered.