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Turn the Dark Off??

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Post by BigPeteH » September 29, 2009, 5:26 am

A few weeks ago I was spending some time with my children at the house of the ever beautiful and serene Leigh. Leigh also has two daughters and the five lovely ladies were all in the bedroom of Leigh's youngest daughter Ruby. They were playing 'murder in the dark'. I was outside the room listening to the giggling, shouting and general commotion that was coming from the room. Then my 5-year old daughter Lottie came out with another of her many classic lines.

"Turn the dark off!" She said.

There was a moment's silence as everyone took it in, then everyone burst into laughter at her innocent little mistake. Fortunately, Lottie was having far too much fun to be offended by the laughter.

Thinking back on that moment tonight, it struck me that hidden within that sentence there is a deep lesson to be learned. The mistake that Lottie made was a mistake that many of us keep making again and again throughout our lives. Not only individuals, but nations too make this mistake. Consider the following concepts:-

The war on terror = turn the dark off.

The fight against crime = turn the dark off.

Neither of these seem to be working very well, nor can they. Why is that?

On a personal level also, we often try to deal with negative emotions such as fear or anger by trying to fight against them. We try to force negative thoughts out of our heads. We get more and more frustrated as we find that trying to fight against them is impossible. So frustration adds to the negativity and there is a downward spiral of struggle, failure and frustration. Often this leads us to take the only other solution we can think of, which is to suppress and deny that they are there at all.

What is our mistake? We are trying to 'turn the dark off' instead of simply turning the light on. The light in this case is love. You cannot get darkness and throw it out of a room. Why? Because it does not exist. Darkness is simply an absense of light. You cannot do anything with negative emotions either. Why? Because they don't exist. They are simply an absense of love. The only way to deal with negative emotions effectively is to turn on the love. When love is present, fear, anger, jealousy, frustration and other negative emotions cannot exist, just as when light is present, darkness disappears.

So let's stop trying to work on things that don't exist and work to bring more of the one thing that is real - love.

And governments, please, please stop spending billions of our taxes trying to turn the dark off and channel it instead into serious efforts to turn the light on in this troubled world. Give us the fight for love. Give us the struggle for beauty. Train us an army of dancers, singers, comedians, poets and artists. Build us fewer destroyers and more love boats.
"Only love can conquer hate." - Marvin Gaye

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Post by mwzephyr » December 30, 2009, 11:24 am

Pete, I like the clear and straight forward way you expressed this idea. I agree with your idea...
Lets be for something positive~ peace,
not against~war, etc...
What we focus our energies upon is what we make stronger.
This is not only a noble idea you expressed but a practical one.

Kudos! :D:

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Post by Sparky » December 30, 2009, 11:41 am

I agree wholeheartedly with you both. I admire greatly how you took a simple statement made by your daughter and with deep thought brought about these truthful statements. I have seen how love can answer so many things that are wrong in our world, as I have witnessed the change in myself as I focused more on pure love and let it bring about better understanding and forgiveness of others. While one person can't change the world alone, we can each change ourselves and put more energy into love and thereby acceptance of one another. Perhaps that is what makes this place, the Peak, so special, because it is so full of love and light.

"We look forward to the time when the power of love will replace the love of power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace."
William Gladstone

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Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows.

~ Helen Keller

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Post by BigPeteH » February 26, 2010, 7:39 am

Thank you folks!

I never think when writing happens. It just kind of arrives fully formed. Hard to explain if you haven't experienced something similar. And in that sense, I can't really claim it is me doing it.

Long live inspiration and long live The Peak!

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Post by Sparky » February 27, 2010, 11:44 pm

I can relate. I think our best writing comes through inspiration and not really from us but through us.

Barbie
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