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I sometimes buy quote books just to keep reminding myself how insane we all are. Most of the saying are so outrageously ridiculous that I end up writing all over the pages. I can’t help it. Even if I like the artwork, I write over it because my brain keeps saying, “ARE YOU KIDDING ME?” I have written about things like this before but I was at Urban Outfitter yesterday and saw this cute book and, well, I liked the pictures and thought it would be interesting to see if there was ANYTHING in it that made sense. Let me just say that the pages are covered with my writing. This is the first one I saw.
Martin Luther King, Jr. said:
DARKNESS CANNOT DRIVE OUT DARKNESS
Only light can do that
HATE CANNOT DRIVE OUT HATE
Only love can do that
MLK was right when he said that darkness can’t drive out darkness. It can’t, any more than light can drive out light, because if you keep adding darkness to darkness you will always end up with darkness. If you add light to light you will always end up with light. This, of course would be true for anything you continued to add TO ITSELF. If you add water to water you won’t drive out water. That’s pretty much a fact. Same goes for hate, or anything else.
How did darkness get such a bad rap? Darkness just means that the sun left us in order to shine on someone else for a while. We can’t SEE in the dark, so it’s often scary, because, unlike some other animals, we have different senses with which to work. We don’t have night vision, at least not GOOD night vision, that’s what infrared is for.
Darkness never did anything to anyone. It can’t because it isn’t a physical thing, it’s a color, a hue, a shade, it can’t hit us, hurt us, or touch us. It’s ridiculous to equate evil, or bad things, with darkness. Evil, and bad things, do not go away in the daytime, or in any kind of light at all. Those are 24/7 kinds of things. If there is a fabulous esoteric, or philosophical, meaning to this, and I can think of several, it doesn’t change the fact that we, as a people have to STOP thinking that bad things, evil things, and scary things, have anything to do with darkness. WE MADE THAT UP but it infects our thoughts and leaves a bitter taste behind. Yes, we can be afraid IN the darkness BECAUSE WE CAN’T SEE. The darkness isn’t scary, being unable to see is scary. We are afraid “IN” the darkness not “OF” the darkness, since the darkness itself cannot hurt us. If we could SEE in the dark, maybe darkness wouldn’t have been turned into something frightening. On the other hand, lots of things can happen to us if we can’t see. Disliking darkness is our way of labeling and color coding scary things because our vision isn’t what we would like it to be.
And just to be clear, if you shine a “light” (draw attention to) on our government will it become less corrupt? The answer is “no.” That can be said of pretty much everything that’s wrong in the world today. Usually those kinds of lights are extinguished for good, just like Martin Luther King, Jr.
As for love being the only thing that can get rid of hate…good luck with that one. People don’t like each other. I think that ACCEPTANCE is a more reasonable expectation and even that’s a stretch. We can’t possibly love everyone. It’s silly to think that we can. That’s a “utopian concept,” not something that can work in a world where people don’t even talk to their own family members. A world where spouses beat and kill each other and rape their own kids. Where churches aren’t safe and women can’t go out alone at night, or are attacked on campus. Where war never ends. So, let’s be reasonable and hope for acceptance because truthfully, we can barely love a handful of people at once. We can SAY we love everybody because it’s easy to say that when we never have to meet “everybody,” and “everybody” doesn’t drive us crazy, take our stuff, abuse us, or want anything from us. Everybody doesn’t live next-door. Neighbors kill each other.
We can make sweeping generalizations, “We love French people,” but we don’t actually know all the French people and they may not want us to love them anyway. Why would they?
If we are ever to bring about change we have to be realistic. We need to be specific when we write things down, or when we say things, or hang wooden signs on our walls. If we say things that don’t make sense, or are impossible to do, people will just give up and walk away.
WORDS ARE IMPORTANT. Darkness and light are equal. Day and night are partners and basically just the movement of orbs in the sky. Light and dark don’t know that we exist. THERE IS NO INTENT in either one of them. WE MAKE THINGS UP and then pass those things on to the next generation so that they won’t like the darkness either. We can feel bad any time of the day or night. (If we are sick, the darkness doesn’t make us worse. Our bodies stop making certain chemicals around two in the afternoon and that’s why we feel worse at night. The chemicals come back around eight in the morning and we start to feel better. That happens in countries where the sun never sets. Our bodies do it, not the light or darkness). Cave people may have been worried about light and darkness but I think we can stop giving them properties that aren’t real, now that we live in cities with over 9 million people and we know what fire is. We can change our way of thinking, change our symbols. We can shake things up and reinvent the way we look at things, because what we are doing is no longer working.
If we want change, we have to speak CLEARLY and talk about things that are possible. Light and dark won’t change a single thing. We will never (unless a catastrophic event takes place and maybe not even then) love everyone. But we might be able to accept each others differences a bit more and we may be able to get rid of some of the lies, assumptions, cultural myths, superstitions, conditioning, brainwashing and biases that have been handed down from one generation to another. At least that’s a place to start, day or night.