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Left In The Dark

October 10, 2013

“Darkness falls across the land, the midnight hour is close at hand. Creatures crawl in search of blood, to terrorize your neighborhood. And whosoever shall be found without the soul for getting down. Must stand and face the Hounds of Hell and rot inside a corpse’s shell. The foulest stench is in the air, the funk of forty thousand years.

And grisly ghouls from every tomb are closing in to seal your doom. And though you fight to stay alive your body starts to shiver. For no mere mortal can resist the evil of The Thriller!”- Quoted from the original master of terror, Vincent Price (1911-1993); from Michael Jackson’s Thriller...Welcome to Hell-o-ween!

Darkness. The absence of light. The presence of dark. Can’t see your hand in front of your face. Wondering if you even have a hand because you can’t see it. Smacking yourself in the face so you know your hand is still there. Now you’re not only in the dark but your face hurts. Feeling blind and stupid.

Are you afraid of the dark? Nowadays that has become a moot question. There aren’t many places you can go that there’s not a streetlight within a hundred yards or where the after glow of a shopping plaza doesn’t light up the night sky. It’s tragic that they make it impossible to see the stars. Solar power lamps light walkways and eco-friendly nightlights illuminate the dark corners of our homes. It seems at one time the human race was afraid of the night…but we fixed that. Finding true darkness has become somewhat of a challenge. Places where the only light is that of the moon or the faint glimmer of the stars. It is within this darkness that man’s primitive fears emerge. One cannot help but tremble at its all encompassing effect on the psyche. There could be anyone or anything, just beyond your limited field of vision where the blackness is all that exists. It’s a form of wide-open claustrophobia. No matter how bold you are or how much you feel a part of the night, when you face it alone it is intimidating.

But is it better to be alone in the dark or left in the dark? This is speaking in general of being left out of the loop. Of being denied information that might have an impact on you as an individual. Leaving you with the impression that maybe you are not a part of the whole. Or at least not an important enough part to know what everyone else does. Being left in the dark is always an experience of alienation. It can make you question the loyalty of your friends and peers, as well as your status as a member of your immediate social network. This can lead to mistrust and in some cases resentment. In worst case scenarios an individual may become resentful against themselves and then darkness can encompass them from the inside out.

Are you afraid of the dark? Worry about being left “in the dark?” How about becoming the dark? Allowing yourself to entertain the idea that all the resentment and negativity you experience is the only true reality. To succumb to the darkness that exists within the bowels of your soul. This downward journey into the darker recesses of the mind can only have one of two outcomes. It can develop from self pity, self disgust, self loathing and finally end in self destructive actions. Or it can spread outward, tainting and corrupting others like a virus of the damned, misery loves company. This may end in outright violence and malicious acts. And then, once consumed by the darkness from within, you become something to be feared in the dark.

So for those of you who aren’t afraid of the dark, you might want to consider exactly which dark you aren’t afraid of, then reconsider your fear.

Stay tuned, Hell-o-ween continues next week with Fruit Brute or Tot Pumpkins.

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