One of our responsibilities on our mission in Moscow, Russia was to teach an Institute class in English each week. As part of the lesson one evening I planned to share a video. When the time came I asked, “would one of you mind getting up and turning on the dark?” As you might imagine, a fun conversation ensued. Because I’m such a teaser I egged them on, and we went around and round about light verses dark, and which has power over the other.
Let’s talk about the dark
I’m not truly afraid of the dark. Are you? But, being in the dark is uncomfortable – even in our own homes, a familiar place. When it’s dark we feel uneasy, we bump into things that we know are there, but we now can’t see …they become obstacles to us. We have a difficult time in making things out.
In the dark our imaginations shift into high gear, reality becomes distorted to us, and we can begin to see in our minds things that aren’t really there, and wonder if there are things lurking that might get us.
We are easily fooled in the dark, presented one thing but told it is something entirely different. (Think of the haunted houses you went through as a child, where peeled grapes were presented as eyeballs and wet pasta as brains).
How about doing a simple task in the dark, like coloring a picture? We can’t see the lines that are provided for us to stay inside of to make our picture lovely. When the lights come up we have drawn all over the page, all out of the lines; something we would not normally do. (Well, I can only speak for myself, I’ve not seen any of you color.)
What about doing a complicated task in the dark? Anyone here want to undergo brain surgery while the hospital is in a total blackout?
Being in the dark causes distress, confusion, and problems. Thank you,Thomas Edison. Continue reading