"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
-- Martin Luther King --
That quote from Martin Luther King seems appropriate this morning - for two reasons. (1) It addresses itself to those who would fan the flames of race-baiting in this country (see "America Is a Racist ... blah ... blah ... blah"), and (2) it touches on that goofy movement someone launched a few years ago that called for everyone - for one hour a year - to turn off all their lights and live in darkness.
For them I have a message: The heroes of human civilization, throughout its history, have struggled to drive out darkness. Darkness in its many manifestations. And now that civilization has progressed to the point where some would return us to darkness?
"Earth Hour." A celebration of the absence of light. Of the unilluminated. Of the preliterate, primordial void.
Me? I'll have no part of it. To the racists among us, and to those who would sit in darkness, I offer this:
"As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being."
-- Carl Jung --
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"Speaking of North Korea, the people who thought up Earth Hour must be proud:"
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Romeo. It was the lark, the herald of the morn,
No nightingale. Look, love, what envious streaks
Do lace the severing clouds in yonder east.
Night's candles are burnt out, and jocund day
Stands tiptoe on the misty mountaintops.
I must be gone and live, or stay and die.