What is Darkness?
Too often the term is used synonymously with evil or hardship and other negative thoughts and experiences. But to me there is another meaning, a deeper plane which I call the Higher Dark.
Why is it that we find characters like the Addams Family so amusing? Why is Batman, the Dark Knight, one of the most popular “superhero” characters? (Not to mention Jack Skellington.) What appeals to us about Dexter the serial killer? All of these and many more characters and concepts are manifestations of our need for Darkness in our lives. It is a need I feel has been much ignored by the spiritual community in a great many religions, probably because they fear so much that they’ll be mispercieved by other religions and factions (can you say “witch trials”). It is present in popular media, as I’ve mentioned, even in children’s cartoons (Count Duckula, Beetlejuice, the Grimm Adventures of Billy & Mandy), but there seems to be little or no attempt to examine the attraction to such characters and subjects. In some places the concepts and images I associate with Darkness are feared and scorned (the former often leads to the latter), but why?
Why does our culture fear the Dark?
Perhaps it is time we turned off all the lights and let our eyes adjust until we can see what is there.