How often do you look at yourself in the mirror? Not just how your hair looks, or shaving, or other habits, but looking into your own eyes and seeing who’s looking back. It’s a tricky thing because you can see something you don’t expect, darkness. Every person born into existence was given two choices: dark or light. You may argue against this simplistic idea, but take an honest look at yourself and you will see it reflected in you, the potential of both darkness and light. What ultimately wins in your life is entirely up to you and the choices you make.
Equal parts exist within you
All people have the ability to love deeply, to show compassion, to help others comrades, and give completely to virtual strangers. Also has the ability to be petty, mean, selfish and discriminatory without much persuasion. I see it every day in the faces of others and some days in my reflection.
This dichotomy exists in all of us; at some point the dark side showed its face. Looking at you, you’ve seen and felt it before, to be honest. We are doomed to spend our lives with these two elements competing for our attention, thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. If you don’t see that this is true, you’re in for a rude awakening. They are often caused by people who choose darkness, and these experiences will hurt you and change the course of your life. Sometimes we need a big cold slap to move us in the right direction. Even if the darkness exists, gold rules everything and eventually destroys the darkness.
Favorite Dark Side Activities
Separation is where the dark side can take control of their behavior. Whenever you put yourself on one side and someone else on the other, you are at risk of the dark side working.
This is because when you subconsciously label someone as being like them, or different from you, or not like you, you allow yourself to discriminate, take advantage of, and even commit violence against another person. Pay attention to this in society, as people are called immigrants, Muslims, terrorists, illegals or any other category. It occurs to justify a behavior, attitude, or action.
It is real power that many government officials and the national media use to justify numerous policies that cannot be classified as anything but dark. Separation leads to the justification of dislike and even hatred, and can also cause the seemingly nicest people to accept the bad actions of others.
Separation based on race, religion, economics, sexual orientation, or the region of the world you come from is nothing but grounds for discrimination. All you have to do is look around you and see the separation. Lately, economic divisions have been convenient dividers.
Rationale for reducing benefits to people with little resources. The dark side explains it quickly: “They have to get a job.” “Why are we paying for them to sit around all day doing nothing?” We’re all in this together, but we forget that very quickly.
Generally, when you talk about people like we, they, or us, you are likely to separate yourself and be willing to commit or accept mistreatment of others. Or at least turn into discrimination against others.
Love is the answer
Of course, light is love, which is always good and right. The solution to dark side behavior is to use love, and the best part is that you have 100 percent control over how much love you share on a daily basis. With every interaction you have and every thought you entertain.
Every time you see someone, you have the option to treat them with love or indifference and detachment. Being passionate about someone doesn’t mean you have to give away all your money or do anything complicated; in fact, it is the simplest. Just be present and appreciate that each person is a precious, beautiful soul with unlimited potential.
This may be a direct conversation with one person or a friendly smile with another, but mostly it means avoiding separation. If you share every faith with others, you won’t and you can’t. It is simply impossible.
You can recognize their humanity and accept them for their changes. We are all human beings living on this planet and we are just trying to do the best we can with the gifts and circumstances that life gives us. That’s all.
Doing this and being aware of it will change the lives of the people you come in contact with and your own. You’re on the right track when you think, “We’re all in this together.” “Our existence on this planet is better together.”
Placing everyone in the same category, including yourself, avoids division and removes the unwritten rights people feel to be discriminated against or hated because someone is a little different.
Embrace your light, understand your darkness
So the next time you look in the mirror, look inside and recognize these two different characters. There is an equal capacity to love and to hate; everyone has it, and understanding the darkness within ourselves will not allow it to overpower your actions, but will give you the power to choose the light.
It is important to remember that everyone is important in the journey we call life. From people who love and support you to those who you feel have wronged you, when you forget your love and acceptance of all, you are participating in division, closing in on hate and paving the way for discrimination or violence.
Love is always the answer; if you can adopt this practice, your life will inevitably change for the better.
“Everyone is a moon and has a dark side that they never show to anyone.’ Mark Twain
“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when people are afraid of the light.’ Plato
“Light thinks it travels the fastest, but it’s wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds that darkness always gets there first and is waiting for it.” Terry Pratchett
“See how a single candle can defy and define the darkness.” Anne Frank
“When you light a candle, you also cast a shadow.’ Ursula C. Le Guin
“I will love the light because it shows me the way, but I will suffer the darkness because it shows me the stars.” Oh Mandino