“Let there be light.” With these words, proclaims the book of Genesis, the sacred process of creation was begun. Greek mythology, similarly, depicts the conquest over Chaos by ordered illumination, while the cosmologist cites a dazzling explosion of brightness as the birth of the universe. At all levels, the emergence of light has been intimately intertwined with the mergence of life–dawn represents the resurrection of day; Lazarus stumbled into sunlight from gm blackness of his tomb; the infant completes a journey from the unlit womb to the bright world. It is therefore understandable that humankind has always considered light an essential element of existence.
Vision, on a purely sensual plane, is the perception of such light. Radiating from a primary source and reflecting off opaque surfaces, rays are filtered through the eye end interpreted by the mind. The human species is vastly dependent on this process: although provided with five senses, the brain gathers well over halt its external information through the eyes. On a spiritual level, however, vision is endowed with much greater significance. Buddha implored us to seek ‘inner light”; Jesus Christ crowned himself “the light of the world”; Ancient Egyptians abandoned mere metaphor and literally worshipped the sun. Is light a profound substance, as previously discussed, but self-fulfillment relies on perception of this light; it relies on vision.
Darkness is the perfect antagonist to light. It is an utter absence of illumination; it is the night, which devours the day; it is the womb, which we escaped, and the tomb to which we must return. Humans have always feared the dark, from the small child who cringes in her bed to the old man whose night-light is never unplugged. What is so terrifying about darkness is its deprivation of vision. Just as one finds comfort and enlightenment in the physical and metaphorical act of seeing, one finds fear and confusion in the state of blindness. Many religious doctrines preach of an antagonistic force, such as Satan, which attempts to cast the believer into darkness and thus blind him to the truth. If vision is what lifts the human spirit to a higher plateau of spiritual understanding, blindness is that thick veil which prevents the truth from reaching the eye.
In what state does humanity find itself today? How much vision do we possess, and how -much blindness is diminishing it? late suggested that we are as figures in a cave, into which divine light flows, staring at our shadows on the inner wail. Those
vague flickerings are what we perceive to be reality, when the truth is actually behind us. We will never gain spiritual, philosophical, or physical understanding, claims Plate, unless we turn and face the true light and envision the universe as it truly is. If this assertion is accurate, then a great darkness has blinded the human race. Evidence of this is our indulgence in futile activities, such as war, hatred and environmental destruction. Perhaps it is time that those mighty words again be cried, and echo throughout the human cosmos: “Let there be light!”