If you look around and see nothing but darkness, maybe you are the light.
We all are part of numerous subsets in the course of our lives. Some of which are far more enlightened than others. The rapid proliferation of social media has empowered a lie to travel all the way around the world before the truth has even tied its shoelaces.
In such a microcosm of massive miscommunication, darkness can spread like wildfire and inhabit the souls of people who are less capable of distinguishing the real truth.
In such a world, we are bereft of a moral code that filters the onslaught of mistruths and bold-faced lies. Within certain circles, these carnivorous, immoral thoughts take hold and breed like the most virulent virus.
How then are we capable of maintaining a positive society in the face of the rapid dissemination of immorality, hatred, xenophobia and sheer ignorance?
The history of humanity is consistent with the elders of a tribe being the ones to help sort fantasy from reality and myth from truth.
In these situations, is it not true that the elders were spreading luminance in a world of darkness?
With as many things as there are to follow and stay on top of, having guidance to sort through these parameters makes great sense.
I’m sure you have found yourself in a small group that was clearly astray from reality in their beliefs. Sometimes, this happens at a family Thanksgiving dinner. Wherever it transpires, do you have the courage to speak up against what is being communicated in favor of shedding a light on the truth rather than holding your tongue and avoiding conflict?
I think that one of the most prescient quotations from Martin Luther King, Jr. summarizes this beautifully: The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.
It takes tremendous courage to speak up against injustice. Sometimes it is flat out dangerous to do so. That said, it does not reduce the necessity for those of us who are able to see the truth and discern that from widespread fallacy in the hope that we might contribute towards setting the course of humanity on a more positive track.
In a moment in which we are the only light in the darkness, we feel isolated and in part, castigated from the group with whom we are socializing or part of. This isolation is hard to weather. But a deeper sense of responsibility usually rises to the surface and gives birth to communications that are sorely needed.
In a pocket of darkness, you might well be the only illumination within range. Do you have the courage to assume this responsibility?
Your creator has endowed you with both a brain as well as a mouth from which to communicate your intelligence. Find the courage to be the light, it’s the only hope for humanity that has the deepest of merits.