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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, revisited

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Halfway between the darkness and the light ... is a crock.

Manichaeism, Zoroastrianism, God versus Satan, Yin and Yang, this whole thesis-antithesis-synthesis thing ... the problem with these is that, basically, your eyes adjust to whatever light there is, whether you live in a bright sunny place or a deep dark hole in the ground.

That's why these huge Platonic ideals fall flat. We're forged in the fires of opposing forces? Whatever. Not everything has an opposite. A leaf has no opposite. A handful of dirt has no opposite. A kick in the groin has no opposite.

And for the things that do have an opposite? We pretend that where we've been standing longest is that balancing point. It's ludicrous.

The darkness and the light. There's a good one to start with. Day and night happen here in more or less equal quantities, but daytime is spent a whopping ninety-three million miles away from our lightbulb. And light we can see is a tiny sliver of a wedge of the entire span of photonic energies.

Look up into the nighttime sky and measure the average brightness of what you see. That's the true measure once you pull the camera back from our little lightbulb. And then realize that all of the bright little dots you see are outweighed better than twenty to one by dark matter and dark energy. And that's not counting at all the pure empty blackness that it's all swirling around in.

If we're that screwed up about Light and Dark, how dead wrong do you think we must be about Good and Evil?

Every gambler will tell you he pretty much breaks even or is maybe a tiny smidge ahead of the game. If you can do math, then you have to know that all but a tiny few gamblers are either deluded or lying through their teeth.

Do as much good as you can. Shine your light as brightly as possible. But don't be deluded about how much good you're doing or how bright your little light is.


Posted by Laszlo Q. V. St-J. Xalieri

28th Sep 2008, 06:07   | tags:


Dhamaka says:

and brilliant

could do - would love to do - a series of images to match this

15th Dec 2008, 19:23

I love taking pictures of light in the darkness. You've already done a bunch of those that I also love. More is good. :)

And I'd love to see what you'd shoot if dropped into the Southern Gothic/Spanish Moss country of coastal Georgia/North Florida swampland/Northern Gulf Coast all the way to Texas. Have you been to New Orleans? Since the beginning of your DSLR days? I've no idea how you'd get out again....


15th Dec 2008, 19:32

Dhamaka says:

I haven't and would love to.
If my career goes the way I hope it could be soon (by that I mean within 2 years)

and thank you :)

15th Dec 2008, 19:34