Darkness’ Changing Form

We learned via our last post that darkness, in literal form, cannot coexist with light. Darkness, at base level, is the absence of light. But what of the higher levels? To what more do humans refer when employing the term, ‘darkness’?

Humans are imaginative; they think deeply, and often label people and situations with the base qualities of objects in their environment. A knife can be ‘sharp’. But a boy can be equally ‘sharp’, or more so, should the viewer choose. The viewer, upon labeling the boy as ‘sharp’, is attributing the child’s mind with the knife’s cutting capacity – ‘to cut’ through the viewer’s expectation of a typical child’s mental dexterity. Whereas the knife is merely limited to apples.

So, too, can we distinguish the multiple planes to which the term, ‘darkness’, refers. Let us begin with the base effects of ‘darkness’ on human existence:

  1. Blinds. Darkness prevents clear sight, and can thus confuse.
  2. Instills fear. Birthed of confusion, fear is a lack of knowledge of what comes next.
  3. Damages. A man may trip in darkness and injure himself on what lay unseen.
  4. Leads astray. When sight vanishes in a cave, a woman loses her way quite easily.
  5. Hampers progress. Darkness greatly limits the productivity of nearly all tasks.

This quintupling of qualities is frequently used by humans to describe ‘negative’ actions of others as well as similarly perceived situations and events. For example:

“That man’s mind is dark. He twists everything I say, and only thinks of harming others. We can’t get anything done at our meetings because he just starts arguments.”

“She is a dark woman. The other ministers are encouraging, but she only speaks of terrifying things.”

“I believe that student is darkening the minds of the rest of the class. All they can think about now is crime and violence. When we have share time, he speaks of shootings and deaths that he finds funny. Multiple students are now showing signs of extreme anxiety, and are afraid to even go out into the hall for recess.”

Now, to answer the essential question from our previous blog. Can ‘darkness’ go about undetected, sweeping in front of and behind us, even at midday? Yes. Thousands of people pass each one of us on any given day; and the majority of these passersby are strangers. Do we know a stranger’s heart? Most certainly not. In fact, some of the people we label as ‘kind’ manipulate an ‘endearing’ visage to conceal thoughts and habits that the majority of society would perceive as dark and twisted.

But can this metaphorical ‘darkness’ always exist in the presence of ‘light’?

That depends. What is ‘light’?

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What is darkness?

A certain faction of individuals influenced by the view of contemporary-thought allege that darkness is the absence of light, establishing the argument on the conception that darkness exists in a given space only when photons are lacking; this group then further alleges that darkness has no true existence at all, but merely an anti-existence or anti-presence in relation to light, which is measurable and, therefore, ‘true’.

But can darkness exist in the presence of light? Can shadows hide before human eyes, passing beside man, darting behind woman, without detection? Or, could one postulate so strongly, that darkness could mask itself as light, and therefore pass undetected? These arguments rest upon one foundation – our concept of darkness.

Humans rarely communicate on a single plane of understanding; just as a man can say the word ‘sour’ and refer, quite literally, to the bitterness of a grape; while a woman may use the self-same term, ‘sour’, to describe the downfall of a situation, or perhaps the crudeness of an individual’s personality. Although the man spoke in the literal sense, the woman applied the quality of being ‘sour’ to non-foods, thus invoking metaphor – the metaphorical sense.

Now, back to black. Shall we conceive darkness in the literal sense, or the metaphorical one? Quite literally, darkness must flee in the presence of light, for visible darkness exists only when no photons are present. But what of metaphorical darkness?

Our next post will answer this exact question. Sorry to leave you in the…

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