Saturday, April 5, 2014

What is "light" and "dark"?

Some people think of light and darkness in terms of good and evil.  But if you consider the term "light" and "dark", it represents concepts based on visual qualities.  So how can light be considered good and dark, evil, if they are visual concepts?  The fact is, the true nature of light and dark has nothing to do with visual or moral characteristics, and instead everything to do with your sense of knowing or understanding.  Knowing something can bring peace and comfort, while the anxiety of not knowing can be vexing or even terrifying, so the level of peace vs. the level of anxiety defines the idea of "good" and "evil".  Even more than knowledge, wisdom brings true light, while the lack of wisdom brings on darkness.  Hence the term "enlightenment".