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You Have To Look For Darkness To Find It.

Try this experiment with me if you please.

Close your left eye. Notice how much darkness you can see.

Close your right eye and notice how much darkness you see.

Now close both your eyes and notice how much darkness you now can 'see'.


This morning, before I set out I wanted to bring something to the table here at Daily Paul. I clicked on several links from my Daily Sources list, searching for something interesting, something worth talking about.

Finally I gave up.


In both of these instances I was looking for darkness and finding it hard to, well, find. It eluded me. There was too much brightness, too much light, too much hope abounding in the headlines and too many ambient photons interfering with my visual cortex to allow my eyelids to work properly and see darkness in front of them, even if I cupped my hand before them in an effort to assist. I knew the darkness was there if only I could see it!


Is all brightness? Is dark just an idea we choose to believe in and seek? I don't know. All I do know is that darkness is something you can only see by closing both of your eyes and squeezing tight.

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mountaincat's picture


To take away from your point. But, Have you ever been in a cave.
There you can experience TOTAL darkness (visually, of course).

Exactly right. Caves are hard to find.

You have to look for darkness to find it.


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mountaincat's picture


on where you live. We have over 3000 in this state alone.
There are over 350 miles of mapped passage in Mammoth Cave.

Things are looking up.

Happy days are here...

Tweeting occasionally as himself @cudnoski on the twitter.

mountaincat's picture


I'm very happy!!!!!
I believe We have stopped a war,
and I personally want to thank each and every one of you.
I LOVE the Daily Paul.

jrd3820's picture

It's what you make it

You will find light, happiness, hope, kindness, and laughter in this world if that is what you are looking for.

You will also find despair, anger, aggression, and reasons to be mad if that is what you are looking for.

Look for what makes you happy, or what makes you laugh.

A group of pandas is called an embarrassment. Sometimes Chris Cudnoski is called an embarrassment. Coincidence?....hmmm....

Did you do the experiment?

Is it just me or do everyones' eyes work this way?

William Blake - Auguries of Innocence

To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.

Tweeting occasionally as himself @cudnoski on the twitter.

' ... to open the immortal eyes of man inwards ...'

"If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, Infinite: for man has closed himself up, till he sees all things through narrow chinks of his cavern."

-- Wm. Blake

The Unbearable Extremes Beyond Eyes - LIGHT AND DARKNESS

'Living for Sabina meant seeing. Seeing is limited by two borders: strong light, which blinds, and total darkness. Perhaps that was what motivated Sabina's distaste for all extremism. Extremes mean borders beyond which life ends, and a passion for extremism, in art and in politics, is a veiled longing for death. In Franz, the word 'light' did not evoke the picture of a landscape basking in the soft glow of day; it evoked the source of life itself: the sun, a light bulb, a spotlight. Franz's associations were familiar metaphors: the sun of righteousness, the lambent flame of the intellect, and so on. Darkness attracted him as much as light. He knew that these days turning out the light before making love was considered laughable, and so he always left a small lamp burning over the bed. At the moment he penetrated Sabina, however, he closed his eyes. The pleasure suffusing his body called for darkness. That darkness was pure, perfect, thoughtless, visionless; that darkness was without end, without borders; that darkness was the infinite we each carry within us. (Yes, if you're looking for infinity, just close your eyes!) And at the moment he felt pleasure suffusing his body, Franz himself disintegrated and dissolved into the infinity of his darkness, himself becoming infinite. But the larger a man grows in his own inner darkness, the more his outer form diminishes. A man with closed eyes is a wreck of a man. Then, Sabina found the sight of Franz distasteful, and to avoid looking at him she too closed her eyes. But for her, darkness did not mean infinity; for her, it meant a disagreement with what she saw, the negation of what was seen, the refusal to see."

- Milan Kundera, 'The Unbearable Lightness Of Being',
pp. 94-95

this is rather silly for two

this is rather silly for two reasons.
One, you can see darkness clearly, with both eyes open, when you are a spelunker in the bottom of a cave. In fact, that is all you see.
Two, God is within us, manifesting in many ways, but one is Light. If you close your eyes and concentrate a certain way, your body will show you more light than you could ever see with your eyes open, as it is too bright.

P.S. It is also folly to look for Darkness, so be careful..:)

Well, exactly. You have to jump down a cave to find dark.

Even at the bottom of a well there is starlight in the daytime. And there is internal light as you say.

Darkness is hard to find - one must seek it out. It is as abhorent to nature as is the vacuum; is it indeed the same thing???

Tweeting occasionally as himself @cudnoski on the twitter.



Tweeting occasionally as himself @cudnoski on the twitter.