One of the things I really like about writing for Dream Eater is that I get to explore a different world view than a lot of the other characters. By nature his perspective is broader, more abstract and ancient.
The concept of darkness in a spiritual sense is one that I’ve always found interesting. In general, I feel that the society I live in is both too neglectful and too fearful of the dark. People dismiss, ignore, or run from the things that they would call “dark” about themselves. Everyone is capable of ill deeds and ill thoughts. If we weren’t, not a one among us would have the need to grow and improve. Yet people spend a lot of time avoiding darkness, which actually makes it more powerful. The longer you run from the monster within, the harder it is to face if you ever decide to turn around.
I’ve been reading the Earthsea Quartet by Ursula K. Le Guin, and she better than any other writer captures how I feel about both the nature and importance of darkness. I particularly loved this quote from The Tombs of Atuan, talking about the Nameless Gods:
“They do not die. They are dark and undying, and they hate the light: the brief, bright light of our mortality. They are immortal, but they are not gods. They never were. They are not worth the worship of any human soul…They should not be denied nor forgotten, but neither should they be worshiped.”
Have you ever thought about the nature of darkness? What musings have crossed your mind that you’d like to share?