Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Celebrating Light in all its Variations

There are many ways to stop cursing the darkness and instead find your own light.  Be it Christmas trees, menorahs, diyas, bonfires, or whatever is significant to you, the essence of it all is shedding light on the hours of darkness.  Our  bodies need light to survive both physically and emotionally; we are not made for dark.  Our eyes, our primary means of sensing danger, are unsuited to night, so we have developed light sources to combat it.  It sets me to wondering whether fire, in our ancestors' earliest experiences, found its first use as a means of seeing better.

Think about how many rituals involve candlelight, how many involve bonfires, fireworks.  We crave light.

Merry Christmas, or Happy Hanukkah, whichever you celebrate, or take both in equal measure if you wish.  Better yet become your own light.

This is what happens when I start musing late at night.  Deal with it.  I'm a big fan of moonlight myself.

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