“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” (Plato)
COMMENT: A child not yet invested with his full complement of rational capacities can be easily frighten, especially in the dark. In the dark, where our out stretched hand cannot be seen, presents our imagination with many fearful possibilities. My first frightful experience was in a dark movie theater, watching The Wizard of Oz; when the Wicked Witch of the West suddenly pop on to the screen, with her green face, large crooked nose, and menacing laugh. I bet almost all of you adults can relate.
The idea of human beings tragically afraid of the light, can be explained by a consideration of their spiritual side. The light side represents a chosen path leading to liberation and unification with the Source. The dark side, is where 90% of the time we live and have our identity, as Darth Vader said, there is great, …”power in the dark side.” The reason we have blinders on in relationship to the light side is because we know, in our soul, that in order to follow the light path we must renounce, the pleasures and the pain of the dark side. We, in truth are not ready to renounce the status quo. It is too frightening.